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by Alexander O. Smith Published (HB) by Little
23 February 2016.
Published (PB) by Abacus,
6 October 2016.
This is a detective story set in a Japanese resort
town called Hari Cove.The town has
fallen on hard times with few visitors and ageing hotels. It has a little known
feature of sparkling crystals to be seen under the water.A company is suggesting an underwater mining
operation which would mine some rare minerals and townspeople are divided
between those who welcome the possibility of developing the town again and
those who fear the environmental impact on the area.A conference is held to enable the company to
tell people about its plans and physicist Manabu Yukawa has been recruited to
explain some scientific matters.
the hotel where Yukawa is staying there is another guest who is found dead at
the base of some cliffs.It is seen as
an accident until two things are discovered - he is a retired policeman and he
has died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Keigo Higashino does a good job of
establishing the characters and the Japanese background of different habits and
food contrasts well with the familiarity of a decaying seaside resort.Yukawa teaches a young boy at his hotel about
science, trying to enable him to investigate simple science for himself.Yukawa also has some acquaintance with police
in Tokyo who are investigating the retired policeman's reasons for being in at
the conference in Hari Cove.
is a lot of plodding police work to be done - literal pavement walking.Gradually disparate pieces of information are
found and slowly a story emerges from past events.This is a clever detective story with a
the European and American readers the names are difficult at first but you get
used to them!
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
Higashino has written several other mysteries.
Keigo Higashinowas born 4 February 1958 in Osaka. He started writing
novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co. He won the
Edogawa Rampo prize for writing at 27, and subsequently quit his job to start a
career as a writer in Tokyo. He served as the 13th President of Mystery Writers of Japan from 2009 to
Jennifer PalmerThroughout my reading life crime fiction has been
a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an expatriate in the Far
East, the Netherlands &
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.