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Silent Parade: A Detective Galileo Novel (Detective Galileo Series, 4) Hardcover – December 14, 2021
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"With its stopwatch timing, locked-room murder and perplexing abundance of alibis.... Readers are in store for plenty of surprises." ―Wall Street Journal
Detective Galileo, Keigo Higashino’s best loved character from The Devotion of Suspect X, returns in Silent Parade, a complex and challenging mystery―several murders, decades apart, with no solid evidence.
A popular young girl disappears without a trace, her skeletal remains discovered three years later in the ashes of a burned out house. There’s a suspect and compelling circumstantial evidence of his guilt, but no concrete proof. When he isn’t indicted, he returns to mock the girl’s family. And this isn’t the first time he’s been suspected of the murder of a young girl, nearly twenty years ago he was tried and released due to lack of evidence. Detective Chief Inspector Kusanagi of the Homicide Division of the Tokyo Police worked both cases.
The neighborhood in which the murdered girl lived is famous for an annual street festival, featuring a parade with entries from around Tokyo and Japan. During the parade, the suspected killer dies unexpectedly. His death is suspiciously convenient but the people with all the best motives have rock solid alibis. DCI Kusanagi turns once again to his college friend, Physics professor and occasional police consultant Manabu Yukawa, known as Detective Galileo, to help solve the string of impossible-to-prove murders.
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"A twist-and-turn mystery... Terrific." --Shelf Awareness
"Realistic characters and beguiling descriptions...those looking for an uncommon mystery will be delighted." --Library Journal (starred review)
" Higashino has more than a few tricky plot twists up his sleeve ... extremely clever and unpredictable." --Bookreporter
"Stellar...a flawless blend of police procedural and fair-play detection." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Higashino skillfully combines Yukawa’s intriguing scientific reasoning with empathetic portrayals of Hasunuma’s victims, and both enhance the intricate murder plot’s leisurely paced unraveling." --Booklist
"Fans of golden age puzzles will wish this one could go on forever." --Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
- Publisher : Minotaur Books (December 14, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250624819
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250624819
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.61 x 1.2 x 9.27 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #511,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #2,934 in International Mystery & Crime (Books)
- #9,587 in Police Procedurals (Books)
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One drawback to the Kindle edition: with so many similar-sounding names (at least for a non-native Japanese speaker) the cast of characters at the beginning of the book is a priceless resource. In a paper book I would have immediately put a sticky marker in the cast of characters. In the Kindle edition it is not nearly so straightforward, so I often ended up wondering helplessly which of the many characters was being talked about.
I picked it up because I have enjoyed Higashino's work in the past, but this one was not up to his best. One character, a female police officer who is reduced to a note taking role here, blurts out that the method of the murder is unnecessarily complex, and I found myself cheering for her. "You and me both, sister. "
I find it hard to talk about my objections to the book, since they go to plot pretty directly and I don't want to give it away. The book does point out some unique aspects of the Japanese judicial system that were interesting, and important to the story.
Recommended actually. The book delivers what it promises.
That said, Silent Parade disappoints. I don't know if the fault is in the writer or the translator (Giles Murray). And since I do not read Japanese, who am I to criticize the translation? But what strikes me is that the tone and use of idiom in this novel is very different from Higashino's earlier work. There are surprisingly clumsy moments, such as several characters using exactly the same expression, and unusual words and phrases repeated throughout the novel. Many of the word choices are a bit outdated -- "hammerblow," "sexpot," etc. -- but this isn't as jarring as the laziness of the repetitions. Again, I don't know if this is the author or the translator, but it is unfortunate.
Still, Higashino's genius for plotting comes through, and this is an intriguing mystery you probably will not completely solve. I would recommend it to mystery devotees . . . but if it is your first foray into Higashino, please treat yourself to one of his classics before judging him as a novelist.
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Three years ago another girl vanished into thin air, only to be now found burnt to her bones in the house of the acquitted killer's old mother. She was found dead and burnt, too - but by seemingly natural causes for about 6 years. First suspect: Her son, who kept drawing her pension for all those years. And he stalked the girl in her parent's restaurant, misbehaved around her - until banned from returning. He made some very vile remarks and soon after that the girl disappeared. This time too, there are some proofs - but the accused remains silent. And the Police cannot nail him for a second time. But now enters Professor Yukawa - a sort of Japanese "Sherlock Poirot" - who helps. And his findings will bring light into the horrible deaths of both girls...
A fantastic book full of twists and turns and really fine designed personalities. The plot is dense and more than once I thought to be on the right path. But it's not over until it's really over. I have read all the other books of this exceptional author and I am really hooked. Who loves their crime novels with a lot of mysteries and questions may love the books of Keigo Higashino. I am avidly awaiting his next one...