"This clever and unique secret is a real page-turner… will baffle, shock, and draw out suspicion till the ultimate few pages. With every one publication, Higashino maintains to raise the trendy secret as an excessive and artistic literary form." ―Library Journal (starred assessment)

"Fiendishly smart… Higashino deals one twist after one other… Readers will wonder on the crafty manner the plot builds to the solution." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is located brutally murdered in his domestic at the evening prior to he is making plans to go away Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His physique is located in his workplace, a locked room, inside of his locked condominium, by way of his spouse and his ally, either one of whom have rock stable 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 lecturers, they have been colleagues on the related 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 good fortune of his buddy Hidaka.

As Kaga investigates, he ultimately uncovers proof that exhibits that the 2 writers' courting used to be very diversified that they claimed, that they have been something yet most sensible acquaintances. however the query earlier than Kaga is not inevitably who, or how, yet why. In a brilliantly learned story of cat and mouse, the detective and the killer conflict over the reality of the previous and the way occasions that ended in the homicide relatively spread out. And if Kaga isn't really in a position to discover and turn out why the homicide was once dedicated, then the reality could by no means pop out.

Malice is among the bestselling―the such a lot acclaimed―novel in Keigo Higashino's sequence that includes police detective Kyochiro Kaga, some of the most well known creations of the bestselling novelist in Asia.

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I've got one other trick up my sleeve—something you’ll by no means be capable of clarify your manner out of. I’ll even express it to you, while the time is correct. ” I puzzled what he might be speaking approximately, yet I didn’t reside on it then. as an alternative I checked out Hatsumi. Her face used to be white, with purely the perimeters of her eyes sparkling purple. I don’t imagine I’d ever visible someone glance so unhappy ahead of. Nor have I on the grounds that. I climbed again out the window and made my means domestic in a haze. a number of instances, i assumed approximately working, simply disappearing solely. yet I didn’t simply because i used to be nervous approximately what could ensue to Hatsumi. I spent my days in worry. There wasn’t an opportunity on the earth that Hidaka could forgo his revenge. but now not understanding what shape that revenge may take made me the entire extra terrified. I now not went to the Hidakas, nor did I see Hatsumi. Our merely conversation was once a furtive mobile name she made whilst he’d stepped out for paintings. “He doesn’t speak about that evening at all,” she confided to me. “It’s like he’s forgotten all approximately it. ” in fact, we either knew he hadn’t. I grew much more uneasy. numerous months later i eventually realized the character of his revenge. i found it in a book place. As I’m definite Detective Kaga can have discovered by means of now, it used to be none except Hidaka’s leap forward novel, An Unburning Flame. He had taken the novella I had first proven him and elevated it into his masterpiece. I couldn’t think it, I didn’t are looking to think it. It was once a nightmare. For me, who had dreamed of changing into an writer for therefore lengthy, it was once like having my center torn to shreds. purely Hidaka may have devised a punishment so merciless and surprising. To an writer, his writing is part of himself. in lots of methods, it’s his baby. As mom and dad love their young ones, so do authors love the paintings they bring. yet Hidaka had stolen my paintings from me. as soon as he released it below his personal identify, An Unburning Flame may eternally be often called a unique by way of Kunihiko Hidaka. except I acknowledged whatever, yet Hidaka knew i'd by no means do this. That’s correct. even if I’d been badly bruised, I held my tongue. I knew that if I made the slightest sound, he’d say, “Be quiet or you’ll visit penitentiary. ” If i used to be going to show his plagiarism, I’d must be ready to confess I’d snuck into his condominium and attempted to kill him. i presumed approximately turning myself in to the police and, even as, asserting that An Unburning Flame used to be mine. i assumed approximately it continuously. as soon as I even picked up the telephone and began to dial the neighborhood police station. yet in spite of everything, I didn’t. A small a part of it was once that i used to be scared of being arrested for tried homicide. however it was once commonly simply because i used to be terrified that Hatsumi will be charged as my associate. I knew that regardless of how a lot I insisted I’d performed all of it myself, the law enforcement officials may become aware of I’d wanted aid to get so far as I did, and he or she used to be the single person who can have performed that. along with, I couldn’t photograph Hidaka letting her break out with it. both means, there has been no approach to hold her secure if I confessed. So I enable him submit my paintings. even supposing the soreness made a destroy of me, I couldn’t probability any longer misfortune coming to Hatsumi on my account.

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