"With its stopwatch timing, locked-room murder and perplexing abundance of alibis.... Readers are in store for plenty of surprises." —Wall Street Journal
Detective Galileo, Keigo Higashino’s best loved character from The Devotion of Suspect X, returns in Silent Parade, a complex and challenging mystery—several murders, decades apart, with no solid evidence.
A popular young girl disappears without a trace, her skeletal remains discovered three years later in the ashes of a burned out house. There’s a suspect and compelling circumstantial evidence of his guilt, but no concrete proof. When he isn’t indicted, he returns to mock the girl’s family. And this isn’t the first time he’s been suspected of the murder of a young girl, nearly twenty years ago he was tried and released due to lack of evidence. Detective Chief Inspector Kusanagi of the Homicide Division of the Tokyo Police worked both cases.
The neighborhood in which the murdered girl lived is famous for an annual street festival, featuring a parade with entries from around Tokyo and Japan. During the parade, the suspected killer dies unexpectedly. His death is suspiciously convenient but the people with all the best motives have rock solid alibis. DCI Kusanagi turns once again to his college friend, Physics professor and occasional police consultant Manabu Yukawa, known as Detective Galileo, to help solve the string of impossible-to-prove murders.
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"A great sense of pacing, suspense, and surprises...a slam-bang literary reinvention." --Providence Journal
"A twist-and-turn mystery... Terrific." --Shelf Awareness
"Realistic characters and beguiling descriptions...those looking for an uncommon mystery will be delighted." --Library Journal (starred review)
" Higashino has more than a few tricky plot twists up his sleeve ... extremely clever and unpredictable." --Bookreporter
"Stellar...a flawless blend of police procedural and fair-play detection." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Higashino skillfully combines Yukawa’s intriguing scientific reasoning with empathetic portrayals of Hasunuma’s victims, and both enhance the intricate murder plot’s leisurely paced unraveling." --Booklist
"Fans of golden age puzzles will wish this one could go on forever." --Kirkus Reviews