Salvation of a Saint

A Detective Galileo Novel

Detective Galileo Series (Volume 2)

Keigo Higashino, translated by Alexander O. Smith

Minotaur Books

From the author of the internationally bestselling, award-winning The Devotion of Suspect X comes the latest novel featuring “Detective Galileo”

In 2011, The Devotion of Suspect X was a hit with critics and readers alike.  The first major English language publication from the most popular bestselling writer in Japan, it was acclaimed as “stunning,” “brilliant,” and “ingenious.”  Now physics professor Manabu Yukawa—Detective Galileo—returns in a new case of impossible murder, where instincts clash with facts and theory with reality.

Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his marriage and his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee and dies.  His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect—except that she was hundreds of miles away when he was murdered. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi, is immediately smitten with her and refuses to believe that she could have had anything to do with the crime.  His assistant, Kaoru Utsumi, however, is convinced Ayane is guilty.  While Utsumi’s instincts tell her one thing, the facts of the case are another matter.  So she does what her boss has done for years when stymied—she calls upon Professor Manabu Yukawa.

But even the brilliant mind of Dr. Yukawa has trouble with this one, and he must somehow find a way to solve an impossible murder and capture a very real, very deadly murderer.

Salvation of a Saint is Keigo Higashino at his mind-bending best, pitting emotion against fact in a beautifully plotted crime novel filled with twists and reverses that will astonish and surprise even the most attentive and jaded of readers.


Read an Excerpt


The pansies in the planter had flowered—a few small, bright blooms. The dry soil didn’t seem to have dimmed the color of the petals. Not particularly showy flowers, but they’re tough, Ayane thought, gazing out onto the veranda through the sliding glass door. I’ll have to water them when I get a chance.
“Have you heard a single word I’ve said?” Yoshitaka asked.
She turned around and smiled faintly. “Yes, everything. How could I not?”
“You might try answering more quickly, then.” Yoshitaka, lounging on


Praise for Salvation of a Saint

"Brilliant ... While readers of classic mysteries will be delighted with the elegant solution, the book will also appeal to fans of procedurals that carefully develop the relationships among the investigative team members."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"A retro puzzler that recalls Anthony Berkeley’s classic The Poisoned Chocolates Case."
--Kirkus Reviews

In the Press

Fiction Review: Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino, trans. from the Japanese by Alexander O. Smith with Elye Alexander. Minotaur, $24.99 (336p)
Howdunit, rather than whodunit, appears to be the central question of Edgar-finalist Higashino's brilliant second mystery featuring Tokyo police detective Manabu Yukawa (after 2011's The Devotion of S
- Publishers Weekly

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  • Keigo Higashino, translated by Alexander O. Smith

  • KEIGO HIGASHINO is currently the bestselling author in Japan with over three dozen bestsellers, hundreds of millions of copies of his books sold worldwide, and nearly twenty films and television series based on his work.  He won the Naoki Prize for his first novel featuring Detective Galileo and he lives in Tokyo, Japan.

    ALEXANDER O. SMITH has translated a wide variety of novels, manga, and video games, for which he has been nominated for the Eisner Award, and won the ALA's Batchelder Award. He studied at Dartmouth College and holds an M.A. in Classical Japanese from Harvard University. He lives in Vermont.

  • Keigo Higashino





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    Salvation of a Saint

    A Detective Galileo Novel

    Detective Galileo Series

    Keigo Higashino, translated by Alexander O. Smith



    Minotaur Books