Arisu Arisugawa 有栖川有栖
Arisu Arisugawa (1959–) uses a pen name derived from Alice in Wonderland, one of his favorite books. A mystery enthusiast from early on, Arisugawa belonged to the mystery fiction study group at his university. After graduation he started writing fiction while working in a bookstore, making his debut in print in 1989 with the novel Gekko gemu Y no higeki '88 (Moonlight Games: The Tragedy of Y '88). With its combination of an ingenious setup and a vivid, credible denouement, it placed Arisugawa in the front ranks of classic mystery writers. His subsequent output has been prolific, with two key series—one featuring Himura and Arisugawa as a latter-day Holmes and Watson, the other starring Mr. Egami, head of a college mystery study group—particularly notable. His novel Mare tetsudo no nazo (Mystery of the Malay Railway) won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 2003. Jookoku no shiro (Castle of the Queendom) won the Honkaku Mystery Grand Prize in 2008. Arisugawa is a writer of classic whodunits whose works are inspired by a love of Agatha Christie, John Dickson Carr, and Ellery Queen.