Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino

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“From a cup of coffee what dreams may bloom…”

I have just finished Keigo Higashino’s Salvation of a Saint, the first book of September to have caught my interest sufficiently to see it to the end. It is a fabulous mystery, exactly the kind of book which keeps you reading until you are done.

When Ayane’s husband is found dead on the floor of their home, with the contents of a cup of coffee spilled around him, we are immediately brought to the awareness that this cup of coffee was his demise.

But how? His wife, Ayane, was visiting her parents a train ride away. His new mistress had just left after a late night tryst. So who plotted such an ingenious plan which would kill a man from afar, through his own desire for a perfect cup of coffee? And most of all, why?

I was riveted to the exploration of the characters’ personalities and pasts; the things they held on to that made them act a certain way in the present. Discovering their flaws made discovering the intricacies of the mystery all the more fascinating.

I read this book for the Japanese Literature Challenge 8, and for Aarti’s A More Diverse Universe. It is the second book I’ve read by Keigo Higashino, an author who “is currently the most widely read author in Japan, with more than three dozen best sellers, hundreds of millions of copies of his books sold worldwide and nearly twenty films and television series based on his work. He won the Naoki Prize for The Devotion of Suspect X“…which is the next book of his I want to read.

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16 thoughts on “Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino

    • I haven’t read The Devotion of Suspect X, although most people have loved it. I guess I’m going in a rather backwards order; I read Naoko first, which was a fantastic, mind-bending novel, then this. Now I want to read Devotion of a Suspect X and Malice. Hope we can find a copy!

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    • Everyone has raved about The Devotion of Suspect X, but I must tell you, Stu, to read Naoko. What a book! I’m still thinking about the mind game that was. I liked it even better than this one.

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    • Jacqui, to think I’ve only read two books in September appeals me! I usually do much better than that. But happily, I can usually count on a mystery to rescue me from a slump. 😉

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  1. I read Suspect X & really enjoyed it, so I plan to get to this one eventually! I thought those were his only 2 translated books: it sounds like he must have another one out?

    I hope your September reading picks up: I get so sad and frustrated when I keep picking up and discarding books.

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    • I feel like the last reader on earth together to The Devotion of Suspect X! I gather he has a book entitled Malice which will be released soon, and really, Naoko is the favorite book of his I’ve read so far. I’m looking forward to seeing what Devotion is like for me, though.

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  2. I’ve been reading a lot of Japanese fiction lately and really enjoying it; I’m glad to have another author to check out. This book sounds like a good one. Glad it pulled you out of your bookish slump. 🙂 (I hate it when you run into a string of books that you start hopefully, only to stop reading halfway through.) Thanks for the rec!

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    • I can’t describe how much I adore Japanese fiction, although you’ve probably gathered that from reading bit and pieces of my blog. I’m glad you’re enjoying it, too! Feel free to ask for any recommendations, classic or otherwise.

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  3. Oh I was excited to see this in the list of Diversiverse books reviewed! I really enjoyed The Devotion of Suspect X but have yet to read any more by Higashino. I’ll have to go find this one!

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  4. Salvation of a Saint was a great read, one that held me mesmerized for an entire weekend, but I liked Naoko even better. See if you can get that, while I try to find time for The Devotion of Suspect X. 😉

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  5. I had The Devotion of Suspect X out from the library for my trip to Japan earlier this year but didn’t actually get around to reading it. I didn’t realize the author was SO popular in the country – now, I clearly need to read the book and understand the culture better!

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