Gō Ōsaka 逢坂剛
Gō Ōsaka (1943–) , son of the well-known painter and illustrator Kazuya Naka, avers that he first began writing detective stories and hardboiled fiction when he was in middle school. After graduating from college, he went to work for a major advertising firm while dabbling in fiction writing on the side, ultimately completing a massive first novel, Kadisu no akai hoshi (Red Star of Cadiz). In order to get it published, he made up his mind to establish himself as a writer, which he accomplished by winning the 1980 All Yomimono Prize for New Writers with his novella Ansatsu-sha Guranada ni shisu (The Assassin Dies in Granada). In 1986 his suspense novel Mozu no sakebu yoru (The Shrike Screams at Night) made headlines, and Kadisu no akai hoshi, finally published that same year, garnered three awards?the Naoki Prize (1986), the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Novels (1987), and the Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize (1987)?propelling Ōsaka into the ranks of Japan’s best-selling authors. His other novels include Shaei haruka na kuni (Shadows Cast on a Distant Land) and Hagetaka no yoru (Night of the Vultures), each of which belongs to an extended series?as do many of his works, including Mozu no sakebu yoru. Although the greater part of his oeuvre is contemporary, he also frequently writes period fiction, and in 2015 took home the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for Literature for Heizō-gari (Hunting Heizō).