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Hideo Yokoyama

Hideo Yokoyama 横山秀夫

Hideo Yokoyama (1957–)  worked as an investigative reporter with a regional newspaper north of Tokyo for 12 years before striking out on his own as a fiction writer. He made his literary debut in 1998 when his collection of police stories Kage no kisetsu (Season of Shadows) won the Matsumoto Seichō Prize; the volume was also short-listed for the Naoki Prize. In 2000 his story Dōki (Motive) was awarded the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Short Stories. His 2002 novel Han'ochi (Half Solved) earned a Konomys No. 1 and gained him a place among Japan's best-selling authors. He repeated his Konomys No. 1 ranking in 2013 with 64 Rokuyon (tr. Six Four, 2016), his first novel in seven years. Other prominent works include his 2003 Kuraimāzu hai (Climber's High), centering on the crash of JAL Flight 123 that he covered as a reporter in 1985; the World War II novel Deguchi no nai umi (Seas with No Exit, 2004); the police novel Shindo zero (Seismic Intensity Zero, 2005); and the story collection Rinjō (Initial Investigation, 2004).

Books by Hideo Yokoyama
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    Six Four

    This novel tells the story of a suspenseful week in which the regional police department of the fictitious D Prefecture is shaken by the confluence of two kidnapping incidents, one new and one old. The point of view is that of police spokesman Yoshinobu M …

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    Initial Response

    This book contains eight short mysteries featuring coroner Yoshio Kuraishi as the protagonist. At 52, Kuraishi has earned a legendary reputation as the "life-term coroner." He has a knack for picking up on evidence that other investigators overlook, and h …

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    News of Lupin

    With barely 24 hours left before the statute of limitations will expire, the police receive an anonymous tip claiming that a death ruled a suicide 15 years ago was actually a murder. Maiko Mine’s body had been found next to the high-school building wher …

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