Excitingly, this is my first #DiverseDetectives review! Let’s hop to it!
The Devotion of Suspect X is a novel by Keigo Higashino, and translated from Japanese by Alexander O. Smith.It is the third in the Detective Galileo series, however, I couldn’t find the first two translated into English. That didn’t stop me from understanding or enjoying it, however – the basic premise is that a physics professor helps the police out with their more baffling mysteries. I actually found this to be one of the more interesting aspects of the novel. Professor Yukawa was fairly philosophical, and made a lot of fascinating points about mathematics, physics, and the nature of experimentation. I thought it would be a fairly standard police procedural novel, but because of this, it went a lot further than I expected.
The plot was pretty good – I thought I had it figured out, but happily, there was a great twist at the end. It really makes you question your assumptions, and I liked that a lot! I won’t say anything more! (If you’ve read this, please let me know if you guessed the ending.) I’ll admit, I got a little confused in the middle, but I think that was just me being a muppet and forgetting who some of the characters were.
This really piqued my interest in a lot of different areas, actually. I’ve just started taking a crime literature class, and in it we discussed whether this genre of literature has anything in particular to say about different societies and cultures. I’d love to to a detailed analysis about the difference between police procedurals like this, set in Japan, versus those set in Nordic countries, for example. Also – I desperately need to read more diverse detectives. This was a pretty awesome crime novel that I never would have discovered if not for this challenge. I will almost certainly be reading Higashino’s other novels that have been translated into English.
Are you reading anything for #diversedetectives? Give me a shout!