By Keigo Higashino
Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, unmarried mom who inspiration she had ultimately escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. while he indicates up someday to extort funds from her, threatening either her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the location fast escalates into violence and Togashi finally ends up lifeless on her condo ground. Overhearing the commotion, Yasuko's round the corner neighbor, middle-aged highschool arithmetic instructor Ishigami, deals his support, disposing not just of the physique yet plotting the cover-up step by step.
When the physique turns up and is pointed out, Detective Kusanagi attracts the case and Yasuko comes lower than suspicion. Kusanagi is not able to discover any noticeable holes in Yasuko's synthetic alibi and but continues to be certain that there is anything incorrect. Kusanagi brings in Dr. Manabu Yukawa, a physicist and faculty buddy who usually consults with the police. Yukawa, recognized to the police via the nickname Professor Galileo, went to school with Ishigami. After assembly up with him back, Yukawa is confident that Ishigami had anything to do with the homicide. What ensues is a excessive point conflict of wits, as Ishigami attempts to guard Yasuko by way of outmaneuvering and outthinking Yukawa, who faces his such a lot shrewdpermanent and made up our minds opponent yet.
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If you’re making all that money, I’m yes you won’t have any challenge discovering another individual to proportion it with. simply, please, depart us be. ” “Yasuko, i would like you. ” Togashi reached out back, attempting to contact her hand the place she held the cup. “Don’t contact me! ” She recoiled from his seize; a bit of of the cocoa spilled as she moved, dripping on Togashi’s palms. “Ow! ” He jerked again his hand. while subsequent he checked out her there has been malice in his eyes. Yasuko glared again. “You can’t simply come right here and provides me the usual traces, no longer after what’s occurred.
There’s a family members eating place at the close to nook. Be there at six thirty. ” “Great. And, try and be certain you’re there. simply because if you happen to don’t express up—” “I’ll be there. simply depart. Now. ” “Fine, advantageous. Kick me out in the street. ” the fellow took one other go searching the store ahead of strolling out, final the sliding door at the back of him a bit too not easy. Yasuko placed her hand to her brow. A headache was once approaching, and she or he felt nauseated. A weight of hopelessness started to unfold within her chest. It used to be 8 years in view that she married Shinji Togashi.
M. “Ishigami the Buddha lives on! ” Yukawa cheered. “Some issues by no means swap. that's type of a reduction. ” “Sorry, Yukawa. I completely forgot you have been nonetheless right here. ” “Oh, I don’t brain. nonetheless, you want to most likely get a few sleep. You’ve bought college, don’t you? ” “That I do. yet now I’m too excited to sleep. I haven’t focused on anything like this for a very long time. thanks. ” Ishigami prolonged a hand. “I’m joyful I came,” Yukawa acknowledged, giving him an organization shake. “Me, too. ” Ishigami nodded. “There’s no longer a lot to do right here, yet be happy to make your self at domestic until eventually the trains commence operating back.
You actually don’t need to rush your reaction. I do wish you to speak to Misato, too. ” He reached out and closed the lid of the case in her hand. “There. ” Yasuko couldn’t contemplate what to assert. phrases appeared nearly inaccessible. there have been too many photos racing via her head. images of Kudo, and Togashi, and Ishigami—mostly Ishigami. “I … I’ll take into consideration it,” she controlled eventually. Kudo nodded, it appears chuffed. Yasuko smiled again and received out of the auto. She watched as he drove off, then went as much as her house.
Ok? ” Yasuko stood. Togashi watched her in silence. Ignoring his gaze, she positioned the cash for her cocoa down at the desk and headed for the door. once she used to be outdoors the eating place, she retrieved her bicycle from its parking spot and started to pedal away. She pictured Togashi operating after her, sniveling, and it made her pedal swifter. She went instantly down Kiyosubashi highway, turning left after Kiyosu Bridge. She had acknowledged every little thing there has been to claim, yet she used to be yes she hadn’t obvious the final of him.