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Keigo Higashino

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Virallinen nimi
東野圭吾
Syntymäaika
1958-02-04
Sukupuoli
male
Kansalaisuus
Japan
Maa (karttaa varten)
Japan
Syntymäpaikka
Osaka, Japan
Asuinpaikat
Osaka, Japan
Tokyo, Japan
Koulutus
Osaka Prefecture University
Ammatit
mystery novelist
children's book author
engineer
Organisaatiot
Mystery Writers of Japan

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First things first: it was nice to meet the familiar characters again. Yukawa, Kusanagi, Utsumi. As the series progresses, the detectives are getting better and better at their jobs. This is shown very well. Kusanagi certainly knows how to interrogate a suspect! Yukawa is still the smartest person in any room, though.

I really liked the police procedural parts, and conversations between Yukawa and Kusanagi, Yukawa and Utsumi.

“What’s all this about? Come on, tell me.”
“It’s so blindingly obvious, I really shouldn’t need to.”

“You shouldn’t be the one to decide if your idea is stupid or not. And you certainly don’t want to rush to judgment about something being impossible. Buried inside a crazy idea, you can often find useful hints for solving problems. You should come out and say it, and see what a third party has to say.”

As for the mystery itself, there are two missing person cases that seem to be connected. There is grief, trauma, perseverance in the face of grief and dreams of revenge. The investigation proceeds, and the case becomes more and more convoluted. Reader: I understand what happened! Author: No, you don’t. Reader: Well, I understand now. Author: Trust me, you don’t. Reader: Oh. Now I know what happened. Author: You don’t, I told you!”

Putting the puzzle together is very interesting, but gets too convoluted. I lost track of all the characters who were not the detectives and wasn’t emotionally involved, except in the end – unlike other books by this author I had read. The story is very dark, but I was more interested in the solving of the mystery than in feeling things.

I think I am left with 3.7 stars rounded up to 4. Flawed Keigo Higashino is still better than many other things out there.

P.S. I am still planning to read everything by Keigo Higashino that had been published/will be published in English.
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Alexandra_book_life | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 14, 2024 |
My first Japanese mystery. Loved it, especially the picture of Japanese society in general and Tokyo specifically. Will definitely be looking for more!
 
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roguelike | 16 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 21, 2024 |
Translated by Sam Bett, The Miracles of the Namiya General Store by Japanese author Keigo Higashino has an enticing premise. Three youths seek a place to lay low after carrying out a robbery and they break into the Namiya General Store. Seemingly abandoned and run down, they're surprised when a letter asking the previous shopkeeper for advice drops through the mail slot.

The young men quickly realise this isn't an ordinary shop, but what advice could they possibly have to give? They're certainly not upstanding citizens leading a successful and rewarding life are they? What should they do? And if they choose to answer the letter, what advice should they give?

The narrative expands as new and old letters are referred to and advice is both sought and received. The plot does get a little timey wimey in that time stops inside the general store and a connection between past and present is established although never adequately explained. This reader hardly cared (see my review of Under The Dome to see how I can ignore the 'why' of the premise and just enjoy the fallout), instead delighting in the various interconnecting characters in a cleverly spun narrative web.

In fact, I'd love to see a character map representing the interconnecting characters and their various overlapping narrative arcs, I think it'd be a beautiful sight indeed. It certainly seemed as though the entire plot was connected with silvery gossamer thread and Higashino took the reader around the web pointing out different patterns and individual stories.

In assessing the advice requested and the advice provided, we're given a glimpse into how that advice was or wasn't followed and how it all turned out. In doing so, the author raises the notion that many people are experiencing challenges in their lives, facing choices they don't want to make or decisions they can't seem to reach or make their peace with.

Similarly, the author seems to suggest that even a lowly delinquent may have advice worth considering to offer a fellow human being in crisis. Every individual has value to contribute and the innate ability to make a positive difference in the life of a stranger.

Employing a combination of magical realism, urban fantasy and science fiction, The Miracles of the Namiya General Store is a heartwarming, uplifting, positive feel-good read and I highly recommend it!
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Carpe_Librum | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 17, 2024 |
I really enjoy Keigo Higashino's mysteries. They are old-school whodunits with ingenious twists and likeable investigators that are reminiscent of Agatha Christie's detectives (Poirot, Marple, etc.) with their keen insight and deductive skills.

In "A Death in Tokyo," a man staggers onto Nihonbashi Bridge and dies, a knife sticking out of his chest. The same night, a young man is involved in a traffic accident while feeling from police, and the dead man's wallet is in his possession. What is the connection between these two men, and what happened? In the ensuing investigation, police detective Kyoichiro Kaga is partnered with his cousin Shuhei Matsumiya. What they uncover takes them back in time, revealing old resentments and leading to a heartbreakingly tragic revelation.

This is a solid mystery -- not as riveting as Higashino's Detective Galileo series, in my opinion -- but still very entertaining, nonetheless.
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niaomiya | 16 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 8, 2024 |

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189
Jäseniä
5,409
Suosituimmuussija
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Arvio (tähdet)
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