The book is a translation of a Japanese novel. I graduated from high school at Misawa AFB, Amori, Japan. This doesn't make me an expert on all things Japanese. But I did enjoy the memories of life in Japan in the early 60's that the story elicited.
"Japanese crime writers excel at many things: one is slow tightening of the noose that's at the fast-pounding heart of the police procedural. The Devotion of Suspect X is a teriffic book in that tradition, and it's about time American readers got a crack at it" - S. J. Rozan