A.K.A Yōgisha Ekkusu no Kenshin
This is by far the most gripping thriller I have read in the last couple of years. Two sittings is what it too me go through it. Thanks to Shruti I got introduced to the works of Japanese writer Keigo Higashino. The Devotion of Suspect X is the third in his detective series and supposed to be the most popular. What I really liked about the novel was that it was a translation and had short and simple sentences but yet every paragraph a page turned. No big words that would send you rushing for dictionary.
I will not spoil the story for you but I must share that the devotion of Suspect X has this bizarre combination of mathematics and murder. The most intriguing was what the author describes as P=NP problem. Simply put the problem poses this question- Is it more difficult to find solution to a problem or to find out if someone else solution to the same problem is correct or not. I don’t know what the real answer is but the question sounds very philosophical.
The other thing I learned from the novel was that you only need 4 colors to color a map to ensure that same colors are never to adjacent to each other. Mathematicians can usually prove this without coloring but then that requires a completely different devotion.
So go ahead and grab your copy.
trivia :The devotion of Suspect X was made into a 2008 Japanese film Suspect X. Some Indian film producer is also planning to make a movie on the same.