Rintarō Norizuki 法月綸太郎
Rintarō Norizuki (1964–) studied at Kyoto University, where he was an enthusiastic participant in the Mystery Fiction Study Group, known for having produced numerous prominent writers. After graduation, he worked at a bank for a time before making his literary debut in 1988, when his locked-room murder novel Mippei kyōshitsu (Sealed Classroom) was nominated for the Edogawa Rampo Prize competition, and famed mystery writer Sōji Shimada recommended it for publication. The following year he introduced the author-sleuth character bearing his own pen name in his second novel, Yuki misshitsu (Snowbound), set in a mountain lodge surrounded by snow; it became the first in a long series of novels featuring the Norizuki son-and-father team. In 2002, his story An Urban Legend Puzzle (tr. 2004) received the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Short Stories. He won first place in the 2005 Konomys rankings for his novel Namakubi ni kiite miro (The Gorgon's Look), which also took the Honkaku Mystery Award for that year. The possessor of a highly logical mind, Norizuki casts a sharp critical eye on the detective fiction form, and speaks frequently of the deliberately slow pace he himself sets before releasing a new work. Among his other publications is a novel about carrying out the perfect crime, Kingu o sagase (Find the King, 2011).