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Yusuke Kishi

Yusuke Kishi 貴志祐介

Yusuke Kishi  (1959–)  became an avid reader after encountering Ruth Stiles Gannett's My Father's Dragon series as a small child, and steeped himself in science fiction and mysteries during his grade-school years. Upon graduating from Kyoto University he set his sights on becoming a writer, but went to work for a major life insurance company and wrote only on the side for several years. His first recognition was an Honorable Mention for a short story he entered in the Hayakawa SF Contest in 1986. Later, he quit his job to concentrate on writing, and in 1996 his Isola received an Honorable Mention in the Japan Horror Story Awards, which led to its being published as Jusanbanme no perusona, Isola (Isola, the Thirteenth Persona). The following year his novel Kuroi ie (The Black House) won the Japan Horror Story Grand Prize and became a million-seller. He received the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Garasu no hamma (The Glass Hammer) in 2005, and the Japan SF Grand Prize for Shinsekai yori (From the New World) in 2008. His star continues to rise, as his bestseller Aku no kyoten (Lesson of the Evil) was voted Number One in the 2011 Konomys rankings and brought him his first nomination for the Naoki Prize.

Books by Yusuke Kishi
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    Lesson of the Evil

    Seiji Hasumi, 32, teaches English at a private high school in a suburb of Tokyo. A graduate of Harvard University, he worked for a time at a major U.S. investment bank. But despite the stellar résumé, he has two diametrically opposed sides to his charac …

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    The Glass Hammer

    It is around one o'clock on the last Sunday in December. The body of an old man is found in the executive suite on the top floor of an office building in Roppongi, Tokyo. He has been beaten to death. The victim (who had been taking his customary after-lun …

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    The Crimson Labyrinth

    Yoshihiko Fujiki, 40, has been unemployed ever since the major securities firm where he worked went bankrupt when Japan’s economic bubble burst. One morning he wakes up in what looks like a wasteland. When he turns on the hand-held game device lying nex …

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    The Black House

    Shinji Wakatsuki is an insurance claims adjuster in the Kyoto office of Showa Seimei, one of the country’s largest life insurance companies. When he visits the home of policyholder Shigenori Komoda, 45, in response to a complaint, he finds Shigenori’s …

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