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"This clever and unique secret is a real page-turner… will baffle, shock, and draw out suspicion until eventually the ultimate few pages. With each one publication, Higashino keeps to raise the trendy secret as an severe and artistic literary form." ―Library Journal (starred evaluation)

"Fiendishly shrewdpermanent… Higashino bargains one twist after one other… Readers will surprise on the crafty method the plot builds to the solution." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is located brutally murdered in his domestic at the evening sooner than he is making plans to go away Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His physique is located in his place of work, a locked room, inside of his locked apartment, via his spouse and his ally, either one of whom have rock reliable alibis. Or so it seems.

At the crime scene, Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga acknowledges Hidaka's ally, Osamu Nonoguchi. Years in the past once they have been either academics, they have been colleagues on the comparable public institution. Kaga went directly to subscribe to the police strength whereas Nonoguchi finally left to turn into a full-time author, even though with no longer approximately the luck of his good friend Hidaka.

As Kaga investigates, he ultimately uncovers facts that exhibits that the 2 writers' courting used to be very assorted that they claimed, that they have been something yet top neighbors. however the query ahead of Kaga isn't really unavoidably who, or how, yet why. In a brilliantly discovered story of cat and mouse, the detective and the killer conflict over the reality of the previous and the way occasions that resulted in the homicide fairly opened up. And if Kaga isn't really capable of discover and turn out why the homicide used to be devoted, then the reality could by no means pop out.

Malice is without doubt one of the bestselling―the so much acclaimed―novel in Keigo Higashino's sequence that includes police detective Kyochiro Kaga, some of the most renowned creations of the bestselling novelist in Asia.

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There relatively isn’t a unmarried gentle on. ” “I wager he’s nonetheless out. ” “But he didn’t say he’d be going at any place. ” She walked to front door, pulling the keys out of her bag. I alongside in the back of her. The door was once locked. She unlocked it, went inside of, and began turning on lighting. It used to be cool contained in the residence. Empty. Rie walked down the hallway to Hidaka’s workplace. This door was once additionally locked. “Does he regularly lock the place of work door sooner than leaving? ” I requested. She shook her head as she fished one other key from her handbag. “Not a lot lately. ” She opened the door. The lighting within the place of work have been off, however it wasn’t thoroughly darkish. the pc used to be on, and a faded glow got here from the display screen. Rie felt alongside the wall for the sunshine change, then she all of sudden stopped. Hidaka used to be mendacity in the course of the room, his toes pointing towards the door. After being frozen for a couple of seconds, Rie dashed over to him. yet sooner than she reached him, she stopped in her tracks, frozen back, her arms pressed to her mouth. Gingerly, I approached. Hidaka was once mendacity facedown along with his head twisted so i may see the left facet of his face. His eyes have been half-open. They have been the eyes of a corpse. “He’s dead,” I stated. Rie slowly collapsed to the ground. The sobs got here welling up the instant her knees touched the carpet. *   *   * whereas the police have been analyzing the scene, Rie and that i waited within the front room. not less than, it was once the lounge; now that either the couch and the desk have been long past, it felt a bit naked. Rie sat on a cardboard field full of magazines, whereas I paced in circles like a undergo, sometimes poking my head out into the hallway to work out how the research was once continuing. Rie was once crying the full time. I checked out my wristwatch: 10:30 p. m. eventually, there has been a knock and the door opened. Detective Sakoda got here in—a calm fellow, drawing close fifty. He appeared to be answerable for the research. “Might i've got a number of phrases? ” he requested me after glancing at Rie. “Sure, whatever. ” “I’m nice to speak, too. ” Rie dabbed at her eyes with a handkerchief. Tears have been nonetheless in her voice, yet her phrases have been transparent. I remembered what Hidaka had stated previous that day, approximately her having the ability to dig in whilst it mattered. “It won’t take lengthy. ” Detective Sakoda requested us to inform him every thing that had occurred that day up until eventually we came upon the physique. i began first, and as I talked, i spotted my tale must contain Miyako Fujio. “Around what time did Hidaka name? ” Detective Sakoda requested. “It was once a bit after six, i believe. ” “And did he point out Ms. Fujio should you spoke? ” “No, he simply stated he desired to seek advice from me approximately anything. ” “So it could’ve been approximately anything else? ” “It’s attainable. ” “Any inspiration what that will were? ” “No, on no account. ” The detective nodded, then grew to become to Rie. “Around what time did Ms. Fujio pass domestic? ” “After 5, i feel. ” “And did you communicate along with your husband after that? ” “A little. ” “How did he appear? ” “Upset. the controversy with Ms. Fujio hadn’t long gone so good. yet he instructed me it was once not anything to fret approximately.

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