What are the best Japanese mystery/detective/crime books published in English?

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    #1The Devotion of Suspect X (Detective Galileo Series)

    The Devotion of Suspect X (Detective Galileo Series)
    Keigo Higashino's The Devotion of Suspect X is book 3 in the Detective Galileo series, translated by Alexander O. Smith. It's a story involving a high-level battle of wits between Detective Galileo and his most clever and determined opponent yet.

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    Diane Harvey
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Yasuko Hanaoka is a single mother just trying to get ahead. She's finally working a more respectable job and raising her teenage daughter, Misato, as best she can. Her sleazy ex-husband, Togashi, is making that difficult. As much as she tries to distance herself, he keeps coming around, extorting money in order to go away. This time, however, the altercation becomes physical when Misato hits him. He attacks the girl, and both mother and daughter wind up in a life-or-death struggle that finds Togashi strangled on the floor. Panicked, the two are discussing Yasuko turning herself into the police when a knock comes at the door. It is Ishigami, the smitten teacher who lives next-door. It seems he *will* do anything for Yasuko--including move bodies. And so a plot is hatched. Ishigami is much more than a high school math teacher. At one time, he was a bona fide mathematical genius and it seems he's still got a talent for logic and strategy. Will it help them all get away with murder? Enter "Detective Galileo," the nickname of physicist Manabu Yukawa. Yukawa earned his moniker helping out the police on occasional cases. He's got Holmesian intellect and observational skills, though considerably better people skills than the famed detective. And, back in their college days, he and Ishigami were friends and rivals. While Yukawa is not officially on the case, his personal connection draws him in. But rather than working with Detective Kusanagi, for the first time he seems to be following his own agenda. Thus begins a high-stakes chess game between two brilliant men. Says the physicist:"
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    #2Salvation of a Saint (Detective Galileo Series)

    Salvation of a Saint (Detective Galileo Series)

    The Salvation of a Saint is one of the books in the Detective Galileo series by internationally bestselling author Keigo Higashino. In this 4th installment, Detective Galileo returns with a new case of impossible murder.


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    Jeffrey Wells
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Top quality books right here."
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    Malice is a mystery novel by bestselling author Keigo Higashino. Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga investigates the murder of novelist Kunihiko Hidaka and it leads him to one of the most likely suspects, the writer's supposed best friend, Osamu Nonoguchi.


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    Catherine Walker
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Malice is by far my favorite book written by Keigo Higashino. I hope to read another book of his soon. I personally love detective stories, so that's why this book grabbed by attention. I won't go into the plot due to spoilers, but I will say this was one of those books that you can't book down and the end doesn't disappoint."
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    #4Tokyo Zodiac Murders

    Tokyo Zodiac Murders

    Tokyo Zodiac Murders is from Soji Shimada, the author of more than 100 mystery novels. The story revolves around self-styled detective Kiyoshi Mitarai who must in one week solve a mystery that has baffled Japan for 40 years.


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    Elizabeth Peña
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I would love to have this book. It looks like a great book to read."
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    Confessions is an autobiographical book written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and published in 1782. In this book, the novelist and philosopher explains the story of his life, from his formative years to the achievement of international fame.

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    Megan Reynolds
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a great autobiography and written well. It's not a Japanese book."
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    #6Journey Under the Midnight Sun

    Journey Under the Midnight Sun

    Journey Under the Midnight Sun by internationally bestselling author Keigo Higashino is an epic mystery novel. It's the story of Detective Sasagakiu as he pursues a case over a period of 20 years, even to the point of obsession.


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    Julie Reynolds
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This looks like a great book to read."
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    Villain is a stunning dark thriller by Shuichi Yoshida, one of Japan's most acclaimed and accomplished writers. It's part police procedural, part gritty realism, making it a coolly seductive story.


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    Walter Castillo
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "The novel Villain by Shuichi Yoshida is my favorite Japanese crime novel available in English. It's a gritty story, but exhilarating to read. "
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    #8The Tattoo Murder Case

    The Tattoo Murder Case

    The Tattoo Murder Case was first written by Akimitsu Takagi in 1948. It's about how young doctor Kenzo Matsushita helps solve the murder of WW II survivor, Kinue Nomura together with his detective brother.


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    Stephanie Ward
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I read a lot of mystery novels, so I've come to predict plot points during a lot of the books I read. I judge the best mystery novels as the ones that keep me in suspense. Unfortunately, this one did not make the cut. It was a fun read, but not among my favorite mysteries."
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    #9All She Was Worth

    All She Was Worth
    All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe is a deftly written thriller. It's the story of a detective investigating the missing case of a beautiful young woman, who is then left to wonder whether she was truly a victim.

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    William Lopez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "All She Was Worth is a great Japanese mystery book. The story is very captivating and the characters will make you fall in love with them."
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    Grotesque is Natsuo Kirino's novel about the lives of two Tokyo prostitutes, from their time in high school to their struggles in adulthood, and eventually to their tragic deaths, all the while depicting femalehood and the Japanese society.

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    Mario Montiel
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This was difficult to read because of the writing style and the subject matter. The characters aren't all that likable but did keep me interested. It's a story that takes you into another world that is seedy and disturbing. If you like that sort of thing, you may like this book more than I did."
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    #11Black Arrow

    Black Arrow

    Black Arrow is a Mystery, Historical, Japanese Mystery, Crime Fiction written by I. J. Parker. It was published November 28, 2006 by Penguin Books. It is the third installment in the Akitada Mysteries Series.


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    Lin Hao
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Black Arrow is set in eleventh-century Japan . It tells the story of the leader and governor of Echigo, Sugawara Akitada. During his reign he becomes engrossed in solving crimes and mystery's that have existed for some time."


Best What are the best Japanese mystery/detective/crime books published in English
1The Devotion of Suspect X (Detective Galileo Series)Books 41 Paid
2Salvation of a Saint (Detective Galileo Series)Books 36 Paid
3MaliceBooks 36 Paid
4Tokyo Zodiac MurdersBooks 33 Paid
5ConfessionsBooks 30 Paid
6Journey Under the Midnight SunBooks 29 Paid
7VillainBooks 27 Paid
8The Tattoo Murder CaseBooks 25 Paid
9All She Was WorthBooks 23 Paid
10GrotesqueBooks 20 Paid

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