Malice / Keigo Higashino ; translated by Alexander O. Smith with Elye Alexander.

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    • Publication Information:
      First U.S. edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he's planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, a locked room, within his locked house, by his wife and his best friend, both of whom have rock solid alibis. Or so it seems. At the crime scene, Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga recognizes Hidaka's best friend, Osamu Nonoguchi. Years ago when they were both teachers, they were colleagues at the same public school. Kaga went on to join the police force while Nonoguchi eventually left to become a full time writer, though with not nearly the success of his friend Hidaka. As Kaga investigates, he eventually uncovers evidence that indicates that the two writers' relationship was very different that they claimed, that they were anything but best friends. But the question before Kaga isn't necessarily who, or how, but why. In a brilliantly realized tale of cat and mouse, the detective and the killer battle over the truth of the past and how events that led to the murder really unfolded. And if Kaga isn't able to uncover and prove why the murder was committed, then the truth may never come out.
    • Notes:
      First published in Japan as Akui, by Kodansha.--from title page verso.
    • Other Titles:
      Akui. English
    • ISBN:
      9781250035608 (hardcover)
      1250035600 (hardcover)
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  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      HIGASHINO, K.; SMITH, A. O.; ALEXANDER, E. Malice. First U.S. edition. [s. l.]: Minotaur Books, 2014. ISBN 9781250035608. Disponível em: Acesso em: 22 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Higashino K, Smith AO, Alexander E. Malice. First U.S. edition. Minotaur Books; 2014. Accessed September 22, 2020.
    • APA:
      Higashino, K., Smith, A. O., & Alexander, E. (2014). Malice (First U.S. edition.). Minotaur Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Higashino, Keigo, Alexander O. Smith, and Elye Alexander. 2014. Malice. First U.S. edition. A Kyochiro Kaga Mystery. Minotaur Books.
    • Harvard:
      Higashino, K., Smith, A. O. and Alexander, E. (2014) Malice. First U.S. edition. Minotaur Books (A Kyochiro Kaga mystery). Available at: (Accessed: 22 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Higashino, K, Smith, AO & Alexander, E 2014, Malice, First U.S. edition., A Kyochiro Kaga mystery, Minotaur Books, viewed 22 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Higashino, Keigo, et al. Malice. First U.S. edition., Minotaur Books, 2014. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Higashino, Keigo, Alexander O. Smith, and Elye Alexander. Malice. First U.S. edition. A Kyochiro Kaga Mystery. Minotaur Books, 2014.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Higashino K, Smith AO, Alexander E. Malice [Internet]. First U.S. edition. Minotaur Books; 2014 [cited 2020 Sep 22]. (A Kyochiro Kaga mystery). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2014 September #2

Renowned novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found murdered in his locked study, in his locked home. He is discovered by his wife, Rie, and his closest friend, Osamu Nonoguchi. When Tokyo Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga begins to investigate, he is surprised to see Nonoguchi; they had once been colleagues on the faculty of a middle school. Evidence leads Kaga to charge Nonoguchi with murder, and Nonoguchi freely admits to it. But Kaga's superiors won't bring the case to trial without knowing why Nonoguchi murdered his friend, and the accused refuses to explain. Kaga must deduce the motive as well as the killer's identity. Higashino tells his intricate story through Kaga's notes and Nonoguchi's written responses (he, too, is a writer). As in Salvation of a Saint (2012), Higashino focuses almost solely on evidence. At the outset, his approach seems unsettling, but the Edgar nominee knows his business; Malice soon becomes awfully hard to put down. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2014 September #1

In this new offering from the best-selling author of The Devotion of Suspect X and Salvation of a Saint, Det. Kyochiro Kaga steps to center stage to solve a strange and baffling case. When an acclaimed novelist is viciously murdered in his home the night before he moves to Vancouver with his wife, Kaga is brought in to investigate. Arriving at the crime scene, he recognizes the writer's best friend, Osamu Nonoguchi, who discovered the body. Kaga had known Nonoguchi when they worked as teachers in the same public school. As the detective unravels the relationship between an acclaimed author and his old school friend, it is clear that the link between the two men is based on shifting stories, different motives, and threads of interconnection that travel back into the past. VERDICT This smart and original mystery is a true page-turner that carries the reader through theories and relationships that will baffle, surprise, and draw out suspicion until the final few pages. With each book, Higashino continues to elevate the modern mystery as an intense and inventive literary form. [Library marketing.]—Ron Samul, New London, CT

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PW Reviews 2014 August #1

Set in 1996, Higashino's first Kyoichiro Kaga novel to be translated into English is as fiendishly clever as The Devotion of Suspect X (2011), the first in his Detective Galileo series. Kaga finds that he has a personal connection to a murder case. Popular novelist Kunihiko Hidaka was strangled in his home, in some unspecified part of Japan, not long after a visit from his old friend Osamu Nonoguchi, who was also Kaga's colleague when the detective was a teacher. Nonoguchi, one of two potential suspects, has no obvious motive for committing the crime, unlike the other suspect, Miyako Fujio. A few years earlier, Hidaka wrote a successful novel featuring a nasty lead character, a thinly disguised version of Miyako's brother, Masayo. Higashino offers one twist after another, all of which touch on the theme suggested by the book's title. Readers will marvel at the artful way the plot builds to the solution of Hidaka's murder. (Oct.)

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