Bestselling Japanese crime writer Keigo Higashino returns with another compelling and complex mystery that can only be solved by Detective Galileo, the much loved sleuth introduced in The Devotion of Suspect X, The Salvation of a Saint and A Midsummer's Equation
'With its stopwatch timing, locked-room murder and perplexing abundance of alibis ... Readers are in store for plenty of surprises' Wall Street Journal
Multiple murders. Decades apart. 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. Chief Inspector Kusanagi of the Homicide Division of the Tokyo Police worked both cases.
The neighbourhood 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. Chief Inspector Kusanagi knows that once again there is only one person who can solve this string of seemingly impossible murders: his college friend, Physics professor and occasional police consultant Manabu Yukawa, known as Detective Galileo ...
With its stopwatch timing, locked-room murder and perplexing abundance of alibis ... Readers are in store for plenty of surprises. - Wall Street Journal
Stellar ... a flawless blend of police procedural and fair-play detection - Publishers Weekly
Realistic characters and beguiling descriptions ... those looking for an uncommon mystery will be delighted - Library Journal