Book Review: Silent Parade: A Detective Galileo Novel By Keigo Higashino – Victims stand up for revenge when the judiciary is powerless

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Book review of "Silent Parade" by Keigo Higashino. The ninth work of the "Galileo series" in which physicist Manabu Yukawa plays an active role in solving mysteries. The bereaved family plans revenge for the suspect who remains silent and acquitted. The movie of this novel will be released in September 2022, starring Masaharu Fukuyama.
Reviewed by Kenshiro, Tokyo , Dec 10, 2021

It is a detective novel by Keigo Higashino, a popular writer known for his best-selling “The Devotion of Suspect X”. With the quick development of the story, clever tricks, gradually uncovering mysteries, and the final twist, readers won’t get bored. As usual, police officers familiar with the Galileo series, Shumpei Kusanagi and Kaoru Utsumi, investigate the case and use the scientific knowledge learned by Yukawa to unravel the mystery.

(* Because the important parts of the novel are touched on below, please be careful if you have not read it.)

In this novel, it is the powerlessness of the judiciary that drives people to kill.

Imagine that he had killed his dear family and lover. The criminal is free to live in the immediate vicinity without being charged. Can you put up with such a situation?

“Confessions are the queen of evidence.” It is a word that shows the importance of confessions in criminal cases. Even with sufficient circumstantial evidence, it is difficult to charge a murder if the suspect refuses to confess. Here is the limit of justice. The principle of “in dubio pro reo (” in dubio pro reo is in the interests of the accused) “causes the victim’s family to suffer. In fact, in the past, the suspected murderer was not only acquitted for his silence, but also obtained criminal compensation.

In the novel, Kanichi Hasunuma, who works for a waste collection company, escaped his crimes in this way. He was arrested on suspicion of being involved in two murders. However, in each case, he remained silent in police interrogations and trials and won an acquittal. Although the circumstantial evidence was available, the “queen of evidence” was absent.

The problem here is the feelings of the bereaved family. Both police and bereaved families are convinced that Hasunuma killed the victim. However, he cannot be punished for his silence. It is unlikely that strong evidence will be found in the future. If that happens, it will be difficult for bereaved families and close friends to stop punishing the suspect on their own. In this novel, the bereaved and their companions take it for granted that they will do their part if the judiciary is powerless.

However, the bereaved family also has a life. They try to avoid being guilty by killing the suspect. So they plan and put into action elaborate methods that are out of the reach of the police.

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Synopsis / Main characters

Yutaro Namiki ran an Izakaya(Japanese style pub) in a shopping district in the suburbs of Tokyo. His daughter, Saori, who was aiming to be a singer, disappeared. Three years later, her body was found at the scene of a fire in Shizuoka Prefecture. Kanichi Hasunuma was arrested as a suspect in murder.

However, Hasunuma remained silent during the interrogation and was acquitted for lack of evidence. Hasunumaha was arrested for the murder of a girl 23 years ago, but he was still acquitted by silence. That is not all. Hasunumaha, who was released, visited Yutaro’s Izakaya and demanded compensation from Yutaro for his arrest.

Yutaro, who was keenly aware of the powerlessness of the judiciary, his childhood friend Shusaku Toshima, and music producer Naoki Niikura, who cooperated with Saori’s singer debut, plan revenge on Hasunuma. It will be held on the day when the parade is held in the shopping district. Manabu Yukawa, a physicist, is asked by the police to start inferring the criminal and the killing method.