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Tokurō Nukui

Tokurō Nukui 貫井徳郎

Tokurō Nukui (1968–)  fell in love with mysteries as a schoolboy and early teen, when he devoured the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Maurice Leblanc. Inspired by Sōji Shimada (still his favorite author), he eventually started writing honkaku ("orthodox") mysteries, a type of Japanese detective fiction that challenges readers with fair puzzles. His professional career began in 1993 when his novel Dōkoku (Lamentation) became a finalist for the Ayukawa Tetsuya Award, a major gateway to success for aspiring writers in the honkaku subgenre. Gukōroku (Record of Folly), his novel about the massacre of an entire family, was nominated for the Naoki Prize in 2006; a second nomination came in 2009 for Ranhansha (Scattered Reflection), which, although it did not win that time, was honored with the Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 2010. That same year he also received the Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize for another work, Kōkai to shinjitsu no iro (The Colors of Regret and Truth). Nukui's writing cuts sharply to the heart of human nature, typically lending his works a dark, pessimistic feel. He is married to fellow mystery writer Tomoko Kanō.
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Books by Tokurō Nukui
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    Scattered Reflection

    This masterfully plotted ensemble novel opens one blustery evening past seven when a roadside tree suddenly topples onto housewife Mitsue Kayama and her baby stroller, critically injuring her two-year-old son, who dies after being rushed to the hospital. …

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    The Color of Truth and Regret

    This masterfully crafted entertainment shines a light on hidden class differences in Japanese society as it unfolds a classic manhunt pitting the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department against a cunning murderer. The mystery centers on a psychotic killer w …

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    Someone Like Me

    This ensemble novel with elements of a suspense thriller trains its lens on the growing gap between rich and poor, and the increasing number of people who are falling into the poorest segment of society. The story takes place in a contemporary Japan wher …

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