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Newcomer

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Newly transferred to a precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo, Detective Kyochiro Kaga, while investigating the puzzling murder of a woman, soon discovers that nearly all the people living and working in the business district of Nihonbashi are suspects.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
Description: viii, 342 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250067869
1250067863
Branch Call Number: Higa

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MikeEe
Apr 05, 2021

A fun murder mystery. So many suspects. So many clues. If you know Nihonbashi, you’ll like all the references to the locale. A wind chime tinkles in the distance.

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pokano
Apr 04, 2020

Perhaps 3.5 would be a more apt rating. When I first started reading this, I thought it was a collection of short stores, but no, it's a novel, and all the pieces eventually fit together. A divorced woman is found murdered in her flat and Detective Kaga is out to solve the mystery. I didn't find this one quite as sophisticated as the other Higashino mysteries I've read, but still an enjoyable read.

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swathikilingaru
Mar 09, 2020

It was not great as compared to his other novels. I read it because I started reading otherwise it’s not I enjoyed reading. Keiga s all books are different. He has unique style of writing mystery . I always enjoy reading his book but not this one. Not recommending this book.

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beetlebaily
Sep 24, 2019

I really enjoyed reading this book. As other readers have commented already, it gave a nice picture of the small area of Tokyo where the crime is committed as well as the people living in that area. It is also very Holmesian. I gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

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brangwinn
Aug 15, 2019

This is the first Kyoichiro Kaga Mystey I have read. Yes, the mystery was important, but what I really enjoyed was the chance to meet the citizens of a traditional Japanese neighborhood. Yes, the mystery was solved, but more importantly, the people in Kaga’s neighborhood had their lives enriched because of his interest in them.

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Matthew412
Jul 09, 2019

What a delightful read.

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StarGladiator
Jul 07, 2019

Irony of ironies . . . . . a murder or errors!
Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga -- a cross between Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Moto, Pliny the Elder and Columbo -- but with a decidedly Nippon flavor -- is the main character and mover in this detective mystery for connoisseurs of the genre.
Equal parts police detective and grief counselor, Det. Kaga will sort out this murder -- that is a celestial given!
Lucky are we to witness the unfolding process . . . . .
[Det. Kaga thoroughly knows his new beat -- what a rare and honorable police professional!]

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Amy_CM
Mar 25, 2019

What a refreshing little mystery. Enjoyed getting a glimpse of modern and traditional Japanese tradition in Tokyo as a very determined and underestimated detective works his way through the important "small details" of the case in order to solve it.

This book was just translated into English in 2018. If more books from this series were published in English, I would enjoy reading them also.

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laphampeak
Mar 19, 2019

Oh, Detective Kaga. What an unassuming, clever "Newcomer" you are. Each carefully laid out and compartmentalized character contributes to this mystery. Neat and orderly, Higashino brings a murder mystery to a close - at the very end I might add.

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ApollosRaven
Dec 27, 2018

Higashino's style may not be to everyone's taste, but I found this very well written Japanese detective story engaging. Unique in its approach to plot line, each chapter brings Detective Kaga closer to the solution: focusing on a mini-mystery as seen through the perspective of a character in one of the store fronts of a traditional Tokyo shopping district. The simple style (and a list at the front of the book) made it easy to handle the multiple characters and complex plot line. The plot folded in on itself like an origami animal until the solution was clear -- enjoyable!

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