Book Review: Newcomer by Keigo Higashino|Detective Kaga being his usual marvelous self

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Blurb (as on Goodreads):

Detective Kyoichiro Kaga of the Tokyo Police Department has just been transferred to a new precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Newly arrived, but with a great deal of experience, Kaga is promptly assigned to the team investigating the murder of a woman. But the more he investigates, the greater number of potential suspects emerges. It isn’t long before it seems nearly all the people living and working in the business district of Nihonbashi have a motive for murder. To prevent the murderer from eluding justice, Kaga must unravel all the secrets surrounding a complicated life. Buried somewhere in the woman’s past, in her family history, and the last few days of her life is the clue that will lead to the murderer.

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My journey with Keigo HIgashino started with ‘Journey Under the Midnight Sun’, and that book is still one of my favorite multigeneration mystery.

‘Newcomer’ is about a woman who was found dead in her apartment and a quick glance at the murder suspect will tell you that the entire town has motive and opportunity to kill this humble lady. But with detective Kage, life is a bit more than black and white. He notices it all, but this journey is rather unusual.

As Kaga movies from one small mystery to another, he also gets to make a difference in the lives of all these people. I really liked this style of writing, as it gives us to think about one suspect at a time.

The author has focussed solely on the mystery and we see very little of Kaga trying to build a relationship with any of the characters. He is his usual quirky, mischievous, annoying and imposing self. The plot, however, takes a plunge at the end as the entire story becomes irrelevant during the final unraveling of the mystery.

‘Newcomer’ is a murder mystery driven by Kaga’s impressive observational skill and the confused mental and social circumstances of the entire town.



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