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Manabu Yukawa, the physicist known as "Detective Galileo", has traveled to Hariguara, a once-popular summer resort town that has fallen on hard times. He is there to speak at a conference on a planned underwater mining operation, which has sharply divided the town. One faction is against the proposed operation, concerned about the environmental impact on the area, known for its pristine waters. The other faction, seeing no future in the town as it is, believes its only hope lies in the development project.

The night after the tense panel discussion, one of the resort's guests is found dead on the seashore at the base of the local cliffs. The local police at first believe it was a simple accident - that he wandered over the edge while walking on unfamiliar territory in the middle of the night. But when they discover that the victim was a former policeman and that the cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning, they begin to suspect he was murdered, and his body tossed off the cliff to misdirect the police. As the police try to uncover where Tsukahara was killed and why, Yukawa finds himself enmeshed in yet another confounding case of murder.

In a series of twists as complex and surprising as any in Higashino's brilliant, critically acclaimed work, Galileo uncovers the hidden relationship behind the tragic events that led to this murder.

©2011, 2016 Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Loved the twists

Something that I love from Higashino is that the plot intelligent and not completely predictable as in all the Galileo series. The strength of this detective story is the constant twists and the down to earth setting that makes you focus on the how's rather than on the crime itself.

If you are not familiar with the author you will find out that he does not need to fill the story with unnecessary gore and violence in order to make a compelling and interesting story. It's a whodunit mystery where you are presented with the stories of all actors; characters that can be real -not archetypes- and whose lives are affected by a murder You won't find action or crazy sociopaths here, instead you get a rather witty case where every twist confuses you a little and maintains your attention until the resolution.

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Great Mystery

This one may be an acquired taste but I love Mr. Higashino's mystery novels. There is a certain clear prose (however it is best to let anyone reading that I love Japanese Literature translated to English) and an interesting mystery that is slowly revealed. There are some clues on the "how" but I only saw them in the end.

The reader is very good, managing to give voice to different genders and ages without visibly thinning his voice. Very good performance.

This one is highly recommended however it may come as dry to some.