On Our Shelves Now Published:
Minotaur Books, 2/2012
"Hey, check out this new book we got in. It's really messed up, depressing, and Japanese. You'll like it."
While that's not verbatim, that's pretty close to how Kelly greeted me when I walked into the store when the hardback first hit the shelves. Turns out she was right on all counts.
Author Keigo Higashino cuts to the chase pretty quickly, so I'm not giving anything away when I tell you that single mother Yasuko, with the help of her teenage daughter, accidentally kills her scumbag ex-husband, nor am I spoiling the story when I say that their neighbor Ishigami, a reclusive math teacher who is in love with the woman, comes up with a perfect, logical plan to keep her out of jail. The police, grasping at straws, enlist the aid of brilliant physicist Manabu Yukawa, which turns out to a real stroke of luck, because not only does he know Ishigami, he also knows that Ishigami is much, much smarter than the average bear.
Excellent characters and a gripping, twisty plot explain why Higashino is one of Japan's biggest authors- if Alexander Smith continues to translate his work into English, he should become pretty big in the States, too.