A Midsummer's Equation

A Midsummer's Equation

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Manabu Yukawa has traveled to Hari Cove, a once-popular summer resort town fallen on hard times. He's there to speak at a conference on a planned underwater mining operation. The night after the tense panel discussion, one of the resort's guests is found dead at the base of the local cliffs. The police believe it was a simple accident. But when they discover that the victim was a former policeman and that the cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning, they 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 in another mystery."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250027924
1250027926
Characteristics: 358 pages
Additional Contributors: Smith, Alexander O.

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maniluvsfun
Jun 14, 2017

Excellent read, my first read which is translated from a different language.
I struggled with Names & Places, but as the story progresses that is not a challenge anymore.

Author keeps you in pace with the story, a good page turner and excellent read. Would recommend it.

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SandraLH
Mar 12, 2017

Enjoyable mystery with interesting, different story line and characters. I liked the environmental concern element and setting of story. Ebbs with subtle surprises toward an unexpected ending. First time reading Keigo Higashino. Look forward to more.....

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Russ_A
Nov 13, 2016

Hari Cove is a small seaside town southwest of Tokyo. The Kawahata family, a mother, father, and 30-year-old daughter Narumi, runs an inn there that has seen better days. Narumi’s young cousin Kyohei comes to stay for a while during summer vacation. It’s past the tourist season and the inn has only two guests, a physicist there for a conference about drilling for minerals in the cove, and Tsukuhara, a retired detective from the Tokyo Police Department. The detective ends up dead, his body on the rocks over the sea wall. At first it’s thought to have been an accident, but it is soon found to be carbon monoxide poisoning. The mystery begins there and four groups start investigating: the Hari police, the prefectural police (more or less equivalent to state police), the Tokyo police, who believe the death may be related to a case he once had, and the physicist aided by young Kyohei. Yukawa, the physicist, it turns out, is known to the police as Galileo, a nickname, and is the brains of the outfit. He has helped the police before. The groups don’t always share their information with each other so we are seeing parallel investigations go on and get clues from each.

This is exactly my kind of book: a true whodunit solved with brainwork. The plot is devilishly clever and the suspense builds slowly as we get more clues that lead to the surprise ending. The reader is given a fair chance to solve it himself (or herself). There is no wasted space; every scene turns out to be important. The plethora of Japanese names may confuse the western reader, but it helped that I spent a few months in Japan as an exchange student. Re-experiencing that culture was a big plus for me with this book. I also liked that there was no foul language, gore, or sadism/cruelty. It will appeal to the cerebral reader who doesn't require constant violence or similar "action".

I’m very impressed with the translation. It seems very smooth, colloquial and credible, as though written originally by a native English speaker. I thought this book was great and I’m giving it my top rating.

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athena14
Sep 07, 2016

Too long. A middle aged man (the detective/physicist) who spent so much time with a 5th grade boy would raise questions.

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