- Series: Detective Galileo Series (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (February 23, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250027926
- ISBN-13: 978-1250027924
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Midsummer's Equation: A Detective Galileo Mystery (Detective Galileo Series) Hardcover – February 23, 2016
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“To dispute a common complaint: They are indeed writing confounding puzzle mysteries the way they used to. They just happen to be writing them in Japanese. And by "they," I mean Keigo Higashino, whose elegant whodunits... are feats of classic ratiocination.” ―New York Times Book Review
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About the Author
KEIGO HIGASHINO is the most widely read author in Japan, with hundreds of millions of copies of his books sold worldwide, and nearly twenty films and television series based on his work. He won the Naoki Prize for The Devotion of Suspect X, his first novel featuring Detective Galileo and, in translation, it was a finalist for both the Edgar Award for Best Novel and the Barry Award. He lives in Tokyo, Japan.
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The action takes place in Hari Cove, a resort town on the ocean struggling to survive against more glamorous destinations. Professor Yukawa, aka Detective Galileo, is staying at a local inn, paid by a company to attend a conference for which the company is trying to sway the locals to back their plan to drill for minerals on the sea floor. Narumi, the inn owners' daughter, is an active environmentalist, a member of a local group dedicated to banning the project.
Also staying at the inn is Mr. Tsukahara, at first assumed to be an employee of the drilling company as he was seen attending the first public meeting of the drilling company vs. the group of environmentalists. During the first night, Mr. Tsukahara appears to have gone missing from the inn and is found the following morning at the bottom of a sea wall, apparently the victim of an accident. Of course, there is more to this event than a simple accident and the action expands in all directions. At this juncture this book became a bit difficult to follow. Admittedly, some of the confusion may stem from unfamiliarity with Japanese names, of which there are many. Local detectives, forensic workers, Tokyo detectives, conference personnel on both sides of the drilling issue and various locals are woven into the story along with parties to an event many years' before.
The narrator for part of this novel is Kyohei, an adolescent smart aleck who is taken under the wing of Yukawa and the two have some fun with science amidst the mayhem. Kyohei is staying at the inn as his parents are away on business and he has the usual know it all attitude of 5th graders everywhere. He learns some valuable lessons along the way, which almost redeems this book.
Although there are hints along the way as to what events led to Tsukahara's demise off the sea wall and why, the answer, when it comes, had me shaking my head as it strained credulity in almost every conceivable way. Mr. Higashino can do a lot better and, if this is your first experience reading this author, please read one of his earlier works! The Devotion of Suspect X and Malice are superior novels of suspense.
This is exactly my kind of book: a true whodunit solved with brainwork. The plot is devilishly clever and the suspense builds slowly as we get more clues that lead to the surprise ending. The reader is given a fair chance to solve it himself (or herself). There is no wasted space; every scene turns out to be important. The plethora of Japanese names may confuse the western reader, but it helped that I spent a few months in Japan as an exchange student. Re-experiencing that culture was a big plus for me with this book. I also liked that there was no foul language, gore, or sadism/cruelty. Those who require those elements, so often wrongly called "action" may be disappointed with this more sedate mystery.
I’m very impressed with the translation. It seems very smooth, colloquial and credible, as though written originally by a native English speaker. I thought this book was great and I’m giving it my top rating.