If the woman you love killed someone, what would you do? You would call the police. How about if this is in a novel or a film? What would you do to cover her? How far are you willing to go? How much sacrifice are you ready to pay? Will you fake an alibi for her? Will you lie for her? Will you harm other people for her? Will you die for her? How about if you were doing all these and found out she was dating another man? Will you still wish her a life with him happily ever after? The Devotion of Suspect X (容疑者Xの献身) is another of Keigo Higashino’s famous and award bagging detective novels in both Japan and the US.
The crime is committed right at the beginning and is narrated as a matter of fact. The rest of the story is about how the genius maths teacher hides the truth and how the just-as-genius physics professor finds out how it’s done. I’ve been reading and watching detective stories since primary school, but I was still a bit shocked when I found out the truth. Not only the detective story, but also the love story. It gives as much effort to depicting humanity as telling the crime and deduction. Murder happens because of hatred. Can it happen because of love? However, whatever the motivation is, a human life is not for another human to take. It is a detective story with a very typical Japanese mind set.
If you’d like something different from Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot, this is a good one for you.