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Posted by mingh on 06/07/11
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Within 25 pages the reader knows who killed Mr. Togashi and why, in this suspenseful mystery by Higashino. Yet we learn there is so much that even the killer doesn't know, leaving Detective Kusanagi with an unknown corpse,  motive, and suspects. Turning Occam's Razor (the simplest answer is usually the correct answer) on it's ear, Higashino creates a simple mystery that is anything but simple. 
With his many years on the force, Kusanagi has some tricks up his sleeve. Sometimes he likes to try out case theories with physics professor Manabu Yukawa. Yukawa can usually pinpoint problems in Kusanagi's theories by pointing out how the police have missed very simple clues. But when Yukawa learns that an old genius mathematician classmate may be involved, suddenly the simple clues seem to be overly specific and planted to lead in particular ways. When Yukawa goes to meet his former classmate, the battle of the wits is on.
Following the twists and turns as the police try to break Mr. Togashi's ex-wife, step-daughter, and neighbor will have readers second guessing what they actually read. With a surprise twist at the end, readers will enjoy watching the characters squirm as the noose becomes tighter.

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