To put it in the simplest words, a good book urges you turn its pages. And Keigo Higashino’s A
Midsummer’s Equation does so. The Japanese writer’s latest offering is his third crime thriller in
the Detective Galileo series. The novel follows physicist Manabu Yukawa as he secretly investigates the mysterious death of a man at Green Rock Inn who apparently comes to Hari Cove for a conference on an under-water mining operation. While cops find the reason of death accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, Yukawa suspects more. He digs deep and finds that behind the friendly facade of the inn owner, Narumi Kawahata’s family, lies a sinister story from 16 years ago, which is linked to the murder.
If you’re a Higashino fan, chances are you know his style — simple yet intriguing with a kicker at the end. In that sense, this book doesn’t disappoint. It’s got all the trademarks of a Higashino novel: A seemingly open-and-shut case with a niggling hole, a slow and steady unravelling and a climax that leaves you going ‘whoa’. But if you had to nitpick, the characters don’t seem as complex as his previous ones, such as Tetsuya Ishigami in The Devotion of Suspect X; and the premise itself seems a tad forced and unconvincing. The character of Yukawa can’t be faulted, though. Higashino writes him perfectly as the aloof, sometimes kind and almost always maddeningly cryptic detective.
Should you read it? Yes. Will you love it? If you’re a die-hard Higashino fan, perhaps not, but you’ll still like it.
Title: A Midsummer’s Equation
Author: Keigo Higashino
Publication: Hachette India