Author(s): Keigo Higashino
A twenty-year-old murder A chain of unsolvable mysteries Can one detective solve this epic riddle? When a man is found murdered in an abandoned building in Osaka in 1973, unflappable detective Sasagaki is assigned to the case. He begins to piece together the connection of two young people who are inextricably linked to the crime; the dark, taciturn son of the victim and the unexpectedly captivating daughter of the main suspect. Over the next twenty years we follow their lives as Sasagaki pursues the case - which remains unsolved - to the point of obsession. Stark, intriguing and stylish, Journey Under the Midnight Sun is an epic mystery by the bestselling Japanese author of The Devotion of Suspect X.
A journey not only to the heart of a dark criminal mystery but also into the recesses of the human soul ... Higashino will hold you with his glittering eye ... -- Barry Forshaw Independent A stark insight into human depths and a stylish tale of morality and failure ... -- Maxim Jakubowski Lovereading As fiendishly clever as The Devotion of Suspect X...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. Publishers Weekly on Malice Keigo Higashino again proves his mastery of the diabolical puzzle mystery with Malice, a story with more turns, twists, switchbacks and sudden stops than a Tokyo highway during Golden Week. New York Times An exceptional study of the psychology of murder as well as a skilfully plotted narrative. Independent on Malice Keigo Higashino combines Dostoyevskian psychological realism with classic detective-story puzzles reminiscent of Agatha Christie and E.C. Bentley. Wall Street Journal Smart and original...a true page turner...Higashino continues to elevate the modern mystery as an intense and inventive literary form. Library Journal, Starred Review on Malice Intricate... At the outset, [Higashino's] approach seems unsettling, but the Edgar nominee knows his business; Malice soon becomes awfully hard to put down. Booklist The creator of Detective Galileo returns with another fiendishly clever Chinese - make that Japanese - box of a whydunit...Each time you're convinced Higashino's wrung every possible twist out of his golden-age setup, he comes up with a new one. If you still miss the days of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, you can't do better than this fleet, inventive retro puzzler. Kirkus Reviews on Malice Intricate and beguiling...if you like riddles inside enigmas, it will please you no end. Guardian on The Devotion of Suspect X A detective story about writers is often particularly satisfying, and this one is no exception...The plot is satisfyingly twisty and gathers pace as the revelations come thicker, faster, and more and more unexpected. Sydney Morning Herald on Malice A psychological thriller of the highest order...Each time Higashino makes a revelation, he quickly pulls the carpet from under one's feet, fuelling the reader to finish the book as quickly as possible. Singapore Straits Times on Malice
Keigo Higashino was born in Osaka. He started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co. He won the Edogawa Rampo Prize for writing at age 27, and subsequently quit his job to start a career as a writer in Tokyo.