The votes have been counted and verified (no, that’s a lie, no one verifies, it’s just me 🙂 ). But they have been counted and we have a winning book that the virtual crime book club members are reading this month. It was a landslide vote. The book we are reading is –
Malice by Keigo Higashino
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 Kyoichiro 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.
We are meeting to discuss Malice on Monday 12th September 8 p.m. BST (UK time zone). If you want to join us and are not yet a signed-up member (you need to be signed up to receive the zoom link each month) you can sign up HERE.
I look forward to seeing you next month!