“Salvation of a Saint” by Keigo Higashino is book two of the “Detective Galileo” series. Characters continue, but it is not necessary to have read the previous book to enjoy this one. Yoshitaka is planning to leave his marriage of one year because his wife has not conceived a child, but he is poisoned and dies. The wife Ayan is the obvious suspect, but was hundreds of miles away. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi and assistant Kaoru Utsumi, search for answers but find only more questions. Proof is elusive, and physics professor Manabu Yukawa joins the team.
The search for the killer is intense, detailed, and methodical. No item, no interaction, no event, no matter how seemingly insignificant is overlooked. The story progresses at and even, predictable speed; there is no rushing through the pages. Actions in the past influence the present, and it is up to the team to discover what all these events have to do with each other and with the crime.
The characters are diverse, and the conflict is as complicated as are its participants. Strong emotions lie behind this murder those emotions drive events. As the story progresses, temperaments evolve and extraordinary relationships between characters are revealed.
“Salvation of a Saint” moves along with determination and purpose, but always comes back to the how and the why of the crime. Surprises and misdirection are abundant, but the final resolution is satisfying and appropriate.
I listened to the audio version read by David Pittu. The diverse characters were voiced consistently and clearly. Pittu’s narration accurately reflected the action, tension, and direction of the book