A Midsummer's Equation
By Keigo Higashino
From the bestselling author of The Devotion of Suspect X and Malice comes a story about dark secrets and murder, where everyone has something to hide in a community that has everything to lose.
When a man's body is discovered at the base of some cliffs in the small resort town of Hari Cove, the police at first suspect a tragic accident, a misstep that cost the man his life. However, when the victim is found to have been a former policeman and that the cause of death was actually carbon monoxide poisoning, they begin a murder investigation.
Manabu Yukawa, the physicist known as 'Detective Galileo', is in Hari Cove to speak at a conference on a planned underwater mining operation, and finds himself drawn into the case. Did the murder have something to do with the fight of the small community to rebuild itself, or does it have its roots in the town's history?
In a series of twists as complex and surprising as any in Higashino's brilliant, critically acclaimed work, Yukawa uncovers the hidden relationship behind the tragic events that led to this murder.
Keigo Higashino was born in Osaka. He started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co. He won the Edogawa Rampo Prize for writing at age 27, and subsequently quit his job to start a career as a writer in Tokyo.
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23 Feb 2016
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An engaging mystery full of surprising shifts and twists from one of Japan's most successful thriller writers. Highly recommended. — Irish Independent
A Midsummer's Equation satisfyingly builds on the achievement of his [Higashino's] earlier works and adds some new elements . . . the novel throws off a series of jaw-dropping narrative twists . . . has some surprising resonances with the golden age of British crime fiction but there's nothing wrong with that. What is fully in place, however, is the narrative acumen that has distinguished early entries in the series. — Barry Forshaw, Independent
Edgar-finalist Higashino's excellent third whodunit featuring Manabu Yukawa (after 2012's Salvation of a Saint) . . . Superb fair cluing and a nicely enigmatic lead will appeal to golden age fans — Publishers Weekly, starred review
Ingenious in working one twist after another in a case that seems absolutely twist-proof — Kirkus Review
Filled with surprises and plot twists, this complex and riveting mystery will keep readers guessing until the final page — Library Journal, starred review