Don’t be put off by the underwhelming cover – Keigo Higashino’s Malice is an interesting detective story that won’t disappoint even the most seasoned fans of the genre.
There is nothing more enjoyable in a detective story than being led astray. When the intrigue begins to form in the reader’s head and it seems like you have already seen everything through, Higashino cleverly leads you out of this blissful (un)awareness. From the beginning, the proverbial nail in the coffin was not where we thought.
The day before moving abroad, a well-known Japanese writer, Kunihiko Hidaka, is murdered in his villa. The investigation is led by Detective Kaga, a former teacher who, under the influence of certain events, decided to change his profession. Kaga examines the closest surroundings of the deceased – his young wife, his colleague, his neighbour, his editor and a few friends from the past. Based on their testimonies, together with the detective, you will create in your minds an image of an unpleasant literary star and the misfortune he brought upon himself.
The titular malice and the power of creating the world that literature has – this is how the first volume in the series of books with detective Kaga in the lead role could be summed up. Malice works great as a separate story, but if you enojy it, more adventures of detective Kaga are waiting.