A Midsummer's Equation (Detective Galileo) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2017/11/7
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Manabu Yukawa, the physicist known as "Detective Galileo," has traveled to Hari Cove, a once-popular summer resort town that has fallen on hard times. He is there to speak at a conference on a planned underwater mining operation, which has sharply divided the town. One faction is against the proposed operation, concerned about the environmental impact on the area, known for its pristine waters. The other faction, seeing no future in the town as it is, believes its only hope lies in the development project.
The night after the tense panel discussion, one of the resort's guests is found dead on the seashore at the base of the local cliffs. The local police at first believe it was a simple accident-that he wandered over the edge while walking on unfamiliar territory in the middle of the night. But when they discover that the victim was a former policeman and that the cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning, they begin to suspect he was murdered, and his body tossed off the cliff to misdirect the police.
As the police try to uncover where Tsukahara was killed and why, Yukawa finds himself enmeshed in yet another confounding case of murder. In a series of twists as complex and surprising as any in Higashino's brilliant, critically acclaimed work, Galileo uncovers the hidden relationship behind the tragic events that led to this murder.
"Think of the artfully precise, psychologically charged films of Henri-Georges Clouzot and Alfred Hitchcock, and you're close to what Higashino achieves in Salvation of a Saint. It's the sort of book you'll want to finish in a single night." --Richmond Times-Dispatch
"To dispute a common complaint: They are indeed writing confounding puzzle mysteries the way they used to. They just happen to be writing them in Japanese. And by "they," I mean Keigo Higashino, whose elegant whodunits... are feats of classic ratiocination." --New York Times Book Review
"One of the most clever endings I've read in some time.... The nexus of reason and emotion is why The Devotion of Suspect X's denouement packs such a potent punch." --The Los Angeles Times商品の説明をすべて表示する
After reading it all, I found that the tricks employed in the crime(s) and the motives are not that elaborate, but the way that Yukawa ends the investigation like the way he does was new to me. The new Yukawa was there. Yukawa may be good at dealing with kids after all.
It was fun to learn physics and math through the boy in fifth grade.
The translator did a good job.
The action takes place in Hari Cove, a resort town on the ocean struggling to survive against more glamorous destinations. Professor Yukawa, aka Detective Galileo, is staying at a local inn, paid by a company to attend a conference for which the company is trying to sway the locals to back their plan to drill for minerals on the sea floor. Narumi, the inn owners' daughter, is an active environmentalist, a member of a local group dedicated to banning the project.
Also staying at the inn is Mr. Tsukahara, at first assumed to be an employee of the drilling company as he was seen attending the first public meeting of the drilling company vs. the group of environmentalists. During the first night, Mr. Tsukahara appears to have gone missing from the inn and is found the following morning at the bottom of a sea wall, apparently the victim of an accident. Of course, there is more to this event than a simple accident and the action expands in all directions. At this juncture this book became a bit difficult to follow. Admittedly, some of the confusion may stem from unfamiliarity with Japanese names, of which there are many. Local detectives, forensic workers, Tokyo detectives, conference personnel on both sides of the drilling issue and various locals are woven into the story along with parties to an event many years' before.
The narrator for part of this novel is Kyohei, an adolescent smart aleck who is taken under the wing of Yukawa and the two have some fun with science amidst the mayhem. Kyohei is staying at the inn as his parents are away on business and he has the usual know it all attitude of 5th graders everywhere. He learns some valuable lessons along the way, which almost redeems this book.
Although there are hints along the way as to what events led to Tsukahara's demise off the sea wall and why, the answer, when it comes, had me shaking my head as it strained credulity in almost every conceivable way. Mr. Higashino can do a lot better and, if this is your first experience reading this author, please read one of his earlier works! The Devotion of Suspect X and Malice are superior novels of suspense.
You can not stop reading the book, it is so interesting and so different that you will have mixed feelings: you will need to know how the mystery is solved and yet, you won't want to finish it.