Newcomer - The Detective Kaga Series (Paperback)
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Newcomer - The Detective Kaga Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages
Published: 21/11/2019
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Waterstones Says

The second outing for Detective Kyochiro Kaga is as much of a puzzle-box mystery as Malice, with Higashino spinning ever more convoluted webs of gleeful misdirection through the story of a murdered woman and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of suspects. Delightfully clever and packed full of twists and red herrings, Newcomer confirms Higashino’s reputation as a master of Japanese noir.   

International bestseller Keigo Higashino returns with his latest mindbender - Newcomer - as newly transferred Tokyo Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga is assigned to a baffling murder.

Detective Kyochiro Kaga of the Tokyo Police Department has just been transferred to a new precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Newly arrived, but with a great deal of experience, Kaga is promptly assigned to the team investigating the murder of a woman. But the more he investigates, the greater number of potential suspects emerges. It isn't long before it seems nearly all the people living and working in the business district of Nihonbashi have a motive for murder. To prevent the culprit from eluding justice, Kaga must unravel all the secrets surrounding a complicated life. Buried somewhere in the woman's past, in her family history, and the last few days of her life is the clue that will lead to the murderer.

This is the second appearance in English of Police detective Kyochiro Kaga, the protagonist of the critically acclaimed Malice.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349143620
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 267 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 28 mm


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Detective Kaga has something of Columbo about him, zeroing in on the awkward inconsistency with seemingly artless accuracy. In a series of chapters that could almost be short stories, Kaga pursues the case of a murdered woman from suspect to suspect, through a nostalgia-tinged Tokyo of family-run shops and Ginza bar girls. Clever and charming - Sunday Times (Crime Club Star Pick)

An intriguing mashup of police procedural and golden age puzzle mystery. When fortysomething divorcee Mineko Mitsui is discovered strangled at her home, Detective Kyoichiro Kaga [...] begins tracing items found in the dead woman's flat to shops in the neighbourhood, using a mixture of Sherlockian deduction and legwork to lead him to the killer. What initially appears to be a chain of short stories coalesces into an investigation, as Kaga, in a delightfully low-key style, painstakingly builds up a picture of the dead woman's past and the events of the last days of her life - Guardian

This charming, gentle mystery, with its dogged, insightful investigator whose unorthodox approach spreads calm rather than confusion, is a thing of joy - Irish Independent

Higashino is the ideal choice for anyone who fancies an elegantly written traditional murder mystery in a fresh and fascinating setting - Morning Star

Kyoichiro Kaga joins an illustrious list of much-loved fictional detectives . . . The plot [of Newcomer] is as intricate and delicately poised as an antique three-sided clock Kaga encounters during his investigations. A charming, evocative and rewarding read - Western Gazette

For those who like their crime fiction layered with riddles within enigmas, [Keigo Higashino] is a master - Irish News

A unique take on the genre . . . mesmerising . . . this is a different kind of mystery novel. A delight to read - Spectator

One new mystery that stands out this year is Newcomer . . . its plotting is so unusual: a criminal investigation conducted through a series of tangential vignettes, each one connected by a wonderful sense of small-scale humanity - Jeff Noon, Spectator (Books of the Year)

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“Newcomer”

Newcomer is a exceptionally good read. It transcends the detective story format, becoming a story about community. A single woman has been murdered in Kodenmacho, Tokyo. Detective Kaga is assigned to investigate.
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