Published: New York : Minotaur Books, 2011 Edition: 1st U.S. ed Description: 298 p. ; 25 cm ISBN/ISSN: 9780312375065, 0312375069, Language: English
Yasuko Hanaoka thought she had escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day, the situation quickly escalates and Togashi ends up dead. Yasuko's next-door-neighbor Ishigami offers his help, not only disposing of the body, but plotting the cover-up as well
submitted by Uncle Will on November 18, 2011, 9:03 pm
Posted on: 08/01/11
What a cleverly conceived question for a mystery book premise: "...Is it more difficult to think of the solution to a problem yourself or to ascertain if someone else's answer to the same problem is correct...?"
Yasuko is a divorced mother who is trying to piece together her life and her teenage daughter's after surviving an abusive marriage. Constantly changing living locations and livelihoods couldn't stop her ex-husband from tracking them down. The latest confrontation causes the daughter, Misato, to accidently aid in the killing of her father while she's defending her beaten mother.
It seems that once again life has beaten down this pair. In a panic they turn to a neighbor who has a secret crush on Yasuko. He is a genius math teacher and lives in the apartment across the hall. He views the murder as a mathematical challenge. He convinces the mother and daughter to follow his exact instructions and swears that they will not be implicated in the ex-husband's death.
Thus begins the mouse and cat game betwixt the math scholar formerly known as The Buddha and his long lost college friend, Dr. Yukawa, known affectionately as Detective Galileo by the homicide detectives he sometimes aids in their investigations.
Higashino is one of the most widely known and bestselling novelists in Japan. To date, he has at least five TV movies and three TV series to his credit. His characters are all sympathetic. This plot, based on a famous math premise, is similar to reading the play-by-play of a chess game between two masters.
English majors need not hesitate from picking up this book even though math whizzes will be in undoubtedly cast into the calculus clouds.
If your status is Confirmed Registration, your spot for the event is confirmed.
If registration for this event is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. Wait listed registrants are moved to the confirmed registration list (in the order of registration) when cancelations are received. You will receive an email notification if you are moved from the wait list to the confirmed registration list.
The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public. These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog. Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy.
By contributing patron-generated content, patrons grant the Library an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon that content.
By submitting patron-generated content, patrons warrant they are the sole authors or that they have obtained all necessary permission associated with copyrights and trademarks to submit such content.
Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit. The Library assumes no responsibility for such content.
The Library reserves the right not to post submitted content or to remove patron-generated content for any reason, including but not limited to:
content that is profane, obscene, or pornographic;
content that is abusive, discriminatory or hateful on account of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation;
content that contains threats, personal attacks, or harassment;
content that contains solicitations or advertisements;
content that is invasive of another person’s privacy;
content that is unrelated to the discussion or venue in which it is posted;
content that is in violation of the Library’s Code of Conduct or any other Library policy