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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427221332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427221339
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edgar-nominee Higashino (The Devotion of Suspect X, 2011) offers an audacious premise as, in the opening pages, he all but tells us that Ayane Mita is going to poison her husband, Yoshitaka Mashiba. Then Yoshitaka is, indeed, poisoned via arsenic in his coffee. However, Ayane is out of town and well alibied. As mismatched detectives Kusanagi and Utsumi pursue the truth, aided by the prickly, exacting professor Yukawa, we become more and more certain Ayane did it—but, like the detectives, we can’t possibly imagine how it could ever be proved. Has she committed the perfect crime? Despite the Toyko setting, Higashino isn’t interested in atmosphere, and he’s not really interested in plumbing the depths of the characters’ emotional lives, either. Instead, this plays out in a series of interviews, reinterviews, and hypothetical conversations that focus on the smallest nuances of evidence and motive. Readers who prefer guns-drawn action won’t respond, but those who thrill to the cerebral pleasures of deduction will drink it right down . . . keeping a wary eye on their own cups of coffee. --Keir Graff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“Narrator David Pittu delivers a flawless and riveting performance. Spellbinding.” – AudioFile

“David Pittu, a stage-trained actor, uses a variety of textures, tones and tempos – and just the hint of a Japanese accent – to give each character a voice of his or her own.” – The New York Times Book Review

“On audio, the work is enhanced by the narration of David Pittu, who is one of the best performers with a broad range and a long list of accomplishments…He is superbly talented, thinking through each character’s voice and demeanor. He never trips over difficult Japanese words…The performance is without flaw.” – Reviewing the Evidence

“Pittu reads the mystery, using blunt and confident tones to portray Mashiba and more quavering emotional inflections for Mita…Give this to listeners who enjoyed Higashino’s The Devotion of Suspect X.” – Booklist

“David Pittu turns in a stellar reading, deftly transitioning between the principles and providing defining intonations for each. The plot is so intricate it will keep you guessing until the end.” – The Star-Ledger


“Narrator David Pittu gives an impeccable performance, brushed with just a whisper of a foreign accent.” – BookPage

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dick Johnson VINE VOICE on July 31, 2012
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The plot of this Japanese murder mystery is similar to the "locked room" type of story. There is a murder - maybe. There is only one prime suspect - maybe. There is no way that suspect could have committed that murder - maybe. So - maybe - there was an accident instead of a murder. Or - maybe - there should be more prime suspects. Or - maybe - not.

Cleverly plotted and told with very likable characters, this was entertaining. It's easy to see why the author is so popular in Japan.. Detective Kusanagi and his assistant Kaoru Utsumi are "on the case" and disagree about much of what follows. This adds humor to the story along with opportunities for red herrings. The involvement of Professor (physics) Yukawa added intelligent musings. The combination of the three just plain works.

The other characters (including the - maybe - murderer) are well drawn and believable. Their parts in the story are realistic and counter nicely against the police detectives. The convolutions are just enough off the beaten path to be intriguing without being too off the wall for the story to not "work".

I thought the depth of the story was quite good for an entry to the popular fiction category. This was great for a relaxing read about someone who was - maybe - murdered.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. Easley VINE VOICE on December 3, 2012
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Salvation of a Saint

Japanese author, Keigo Higashino presents a web of intrigue in a chess like plot that teeters between the obvious to missing pieces of "the perfect crime." The reader learns more as the story develops and continues to ask, "who really did it?" The Japanese setting gives a realistic background to the actions of the characters.

Yoshitaka Mashiba married Ayane, an accomplished quilting artist, with one thing in mind - a child. When it's evident Ayane cannot produce one, he asks for a divorce. This request comes as they ready to host a dinner party. The next day, Ayane leaves for several days to visit her parents because her father is not feeling well. She returns home a widow.

While Ayane is away, her student, Hiromi Wakayam, discovers Yoshitaka's body. Kusanagi becomes the main detective with the help of a new woman junior detective, Kaoru Utsumi. She appears reticent at times to express views, but is highly intuitive. Yukawa, so-called "Detective Galileo," is a scientist and college friend of Kusanagi's. His scientific theory, coupled with investigative techniques helps the investigators analyze new evidence in the intricate plot.

With each new lead, the reader has to re-examine the clues along with the detectives. Did Yoshitaka lead a secretive life? How and why was Hiromi involved? How can patterns of behavior set up a key to unfolding the plot? How could a murderer commit foul play without being at the scene? How methodically did the killer plan the murder, or was the death accidental?

I highly recommend this book. Unlike common mysteries, it presents a different perspective of twists and turns with well developed characters. The Japanese setting provides an interesting backdrop. I look forward to more novels by Higashino.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Zendicant Penguin on September 22, 2012
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I first thought to say something funny or clever (yes, the following is neither, which is why I didn't exactly start with it), such as reading this book was like having a tooth drilled, giving birth, and sitting on a whoopee cushion all at once, it is such an odd bird.

First off, the book gets forwarded to a mystery maven in the family who devours these things as it would be interesting to know what she thinks, as from my perspective this story's got problems.
Yet, it did keep me engaged long enough to finish it; although, it took about a week to do so.

Let's just say that the author has a talent for throwing everything in to a tale including the kitchen sink (which is why, perhaps, the story almost works) and yet it remains a story with both too much and not enough.

Too much chatter, I mean this thing winds on like a French movie from the 1970's where everyone talks incessantly, interestingly but incessantly, and does nothing else really.

Not enough mystery. I mean, since we already know whodunnit and why, I'm not sure we need to be taken down all of those nearly dead-ends to find out whoreallydunnit and reallyreallywhy.
It's all a bit much. I'm smiling as I write this as I'm sure this is the author's intent because he knows his audience so well, and they demand the sort of thing. It's just not my cup of tea, I guess.

This story is a bit like a Japanese Agatha Christie novel, in other words every bit as tried and true and done before, and a bit silly to boot.
I think people who like this kind of thing are going to get a kick out of it, more cynical ones like me bemused.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on October 16, 2012
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These are wondrous times. We in the United States no longer need wait for ships from overseas to come bearing books, as they did in Dickens' day; we merely need to wait patiently while translators perform their often under-appreciated work before we discover what mystery fans of other nations --- in this case, Japan --- have known for years. Keigo Higashino is arguably the most popular contemporary author in Japan, on a level equal to that of Stephen King and James Patterson here.

SALVATION OF A SAINT is Higashino's second novel to be published in the US, thanks in great part to the translation of Alexander O. Smith and Elye J. Alexander. His first, THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X, introduced Tokyo police detective Shunpei Kusanagi and his occasional consultant, Manabu Yukawa, known as "Detective Galileo." Yukawa Galileo is a university physics professor whose unique academic viewpoint brings a fresh look into Kusanagi's most puzzling and challenging cases.

While the identity of the murderer in THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X was known practically from the beginning of the book, matters are somewhat different in SALVATION OF A SAINT. The death in question constitutes a bit of a variation of the "locked room" mystery. The dead man, Yoshitaka, is found in his kitchen, the victim of poisoning. His wife, who he was about to divorce, was hundreds of miles away; his mistress, who happens to be his wife's friend and student, is the one who discovers his body. The mystery here has several layers. Was Yoshitaka murdered, or did he die accidentally? If he died accidentally, how so? If not, who killed him? And how? The wife had potential motive, but was far away. The mistress had no motive, yet was all-but-present.
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