Book Review: A Death In Tokyo by Keigo Higashino

Intriguing murder mystery!


Book Title: A Death In Tokyo
Keigo Higashino       
Published By:
Hachette India

Book Review
From the iconic Nihonbashi bridge in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi area, a strange monument of a kirin, a Japanese mythical beast, keeps watch over the neighborhood. A drunk man stumbles onto the bridge and passes out just beneath the statue of the winged beast. When the patrolman arrives to wake up the man after witnessing this event, he finds that he has been killed; he was not intoxicated; he had been stabbed in the chest.

Finding out where he was assaulted and why he used such extraordinary effort to transport himself there would help investigators solve the murder; nevertheless, where he died was not the crime scene. A young guy called Yashima gets hurt in a vehicle accident the same night as he tries to escape the police with the victim’s wallet.

A Death in Tokyo by Keigo Higashino
A Death in Tokyo by Keigo Higashino

Detective Kyoichiro Kaga of the Tokyo Police is assigned to the squad looking into the murder. He will need to use his investigative talents to get the truth about what happened that night on the Nihonbashi bridge. Kaga’s quest leads him into dark alleys and the unknown past to discover what occurred and why.

Though this is the third book in the Kyoichiro Kaga series, readers need not read the prior ones to understand this narrative. Because the author gives readers the information they need to comprehend the roles and personalities of the key characters, this book excels as a standalone. The book also includes a helpful cast of characters list at the beginning for the readers’ ease.

A character-driven investigation of justice, family, and loss is in the story. When his colleagues cannot put the pieces together, and his superiors appear to be content to accept things as they look on the surface, Kaga uses his keen observational abilities, intellect, and resolve to solve the riddle. He is dedicated to ensuring that justice is served for everyone involved and takes his vocation seriously.

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During the book, Higashino gives us a wealth of rich detail about homes, communities, shops, and food that creates a picture and makes it easy for us to visualize the environment. In addition to being colorful and descriptive, Higashino’s writing is also surprisingly emotional and affecting. Matsumiya and Kaga are likable, sympathetic, and realistic characters.

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