Futaro Yamada 山田風太郎
Futaro Yamada (1922–2001) was born into a family that had practiced medicine in Hyogo Prefecture for several generations. After graduating from Tokyo Medical University, he won the 1949 Mystery Writers of Japan Award for his short stories Ganchu no akuma (Devil in the Eye) and Kyozo inraku (Virtual Pleasures), which constituted his literary debut. He went on to become a very popular writer of mysteries. Well-versed in the Japanese classics, he wrote many "tales of marvels" based upon them. The series of Ninja novels that he began in 1958 became major bestsellers.