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
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“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