Keigo Higashino

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Keigo Higashino

Keigo Higashino 東野圭吾

Keigo Higashino (1958–)  is arguably Japan's biggest bestseller machine today. After graduating from college with a technical degree he went to work for an auto-parts maker as an engineer, but wrote fiction on the side and began submitting his work for the Edogawa Rampo Prize competition; he made his literary debut in 1985 when he won the prize for Hōkago (After-School Hours). With this success under his belt he turned to writing full-time, and by the mid-nineties his works were drawing considerable attention. When he won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 1998 for the novel Naoko (tr. 2004; original title Himitsu), it became a huge hit, and in the years that followed he produced one bestseller after another. After five previous appearances on the short list for the coveted Naoki Prize, he finally won in 2006 for The Devotion of Suspect X (tr. 2011); the English translation of this work was also nominated for an Edgar award in 2012. He is best known for the Detective Galileo series, to which Suspect X belongs, and the Detective Kaga series, set in Tokyo's old shitamachi ("low city") area and to which Shinzanmono (Newcomer; winner of a Konomys No. 1 Ranking) belongs. Higashino also boasts an extensive and varied body of other works, including black-humor novels. The novel Namiya Zakkaten no kiseki (The Miracles of the Namiya General Store) received the Chuo Koron Literary Prize in 2012, Mugenbana (Dream Flower) the Shibata Renzaburō Award in 2013, and Inori no maku ga oriru toki (When the Curtain Falls on Prayer) the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for Literature in 2014.

Books by Keigo Higashino
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    The Devotion of Suspect X

    A seamless melding of pathos and problem-solving logic, this novel was a gargantuan hit in Japan, selling 2.7 million copies (hardcover and paperback) as of February 2012. Its English translation, released in 2011, was nominated for Best Novel in the 2012 …

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    Whose Is the Cuckoo's Egg?

    Hiromasa Hida was once one of Japan's premier skiers, representing the country in international competitions; his daughter Kazami is also a skier. When Kazami was two, his wife—Kazami's mother—committed suicide. Hida was on an extended tour overseas w …

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    The Miracles of the Namiya General Store

    Keigo Higashino, that mega-bestselling author of crime thrillers and mysteries, offers up a fanciful tale in which a run-of-the-mill general store becomes a portal through time. Three youths fresh from a burglary head for an abandoned house they’ve had …

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    The Midsummer Equation

    This is the sixth volume and third novel in author Keigo Higashino's best-selling "Detective Galileo" series, centered on Manabu Yukawa (a.k.a. Galileo), an associate professor of physics at Teito University who brilliantly brings science and logic to bea …

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    Dying Eye

    Shinsuke Amemura works as a bartender at the bar Myoga. One day as he is closing up, he is attacked by an unidentified man. Although he escapes with his life, he soon realizes that he suffers from partial amnesia, particularly with regard to a traffic acc …

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    The Secret

    Heisuke Sugita is a 39-year-old factory worker for an auto-parts maker in Tokyo. He has built a modest but happy life for himself with his wife Naoko, 36, and their daughter Monami, 11. In March 1985, Naoko takes Monami with her when she returns to her pa …

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    Hollow Cross

    Freelance writer Sayoko Hamaoka is stabbed to death on the street. Shortly afterward, 68-year-old Sakuzo Machimura turns himself in to the police and confesses to the crime, claiming that he did it for money. But we ultimately learn that her murder is lin …

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    The Name of the Game Is Kidnap

    Thirty-something creative whiz Shunsuke Sakuma, who works for an ad agency, is subjected to the greatest humiliation of his career when an event he has been planning for client Nissei Automotive is quashed by Nissei VP Katsutoshi Katsuragi. When he goes t …

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    Gateway to Murder

    Protagonist Kazuyuki Tajima grew up as the only son in the well-to-do household of a dentist. When he is in fifth grade, the bedridden grandmother who lives with them dies. Neighbors gossip that Tajima’s mother might have poisoned her mother-in-law. The …

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    The Membership Detective Club

    In this collection of five classic puzzler whodunits, a detective duo uses brilliant deductions to solve complex murder mysteries rife with amorous entanglements. The detectives are a man who belongs to a private investigation agency for VIPs known as th …

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