25 September 1920|
|Died||9 September 1995
|Genres||crime fiction, science fiction|
Akimitsu Takagi (高木 彬光 Takagi Akimitsu , 25 September 1920–9 September 1995), was the pen-name of a popular Japanese crime fiction writer active during the Showa period of Japan. His real name was Takagi Seiichi.
Takagi was born in Aomori City in Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan. He graduated from the Daiichi High School (which was often abbreviated to Ichi-ko) and Kyoto Imperial University, where he studied metallurgy. He was employed by the Nakajima Aircraft Company, but lost his job with the prohibition on military industries in Japan after World War II.
On the recommendation of a fortune-teller, he decided to become a writer. He sent the second draft of his first detective story, The Tattoo Murder Case, to the great mystery writer Edogawa Ranpo, who recognized his skill and who recommended it to a publisher. It was published in 1948.
He received the Tantei sakka club sho (Mystery Writers Club Award) for his second novel, the Noh Mask Murder Case in 1950.
Takagi was a self-taught legal expert and the heroes in most of his books were usually prosecutors or police detectives, although the protagonist in his first stories was Kyosuke Kamizu, an assistant professor at Tokyo University.
In The Informer (1965), a former Tokyo stock exchange worker is fired because of illegal trades. A subsequent stock market crash means that he has no hope of returning to his old career and therefore he accepts a job from an old friend even though he eventually discovers that the new firm he works for is really an agency for industrial espionage. The plot is based on actual events.
He was struck by stroke several times since 1979, and died in 1995.
- Tattoo Murder Case (1948) (刺青殺人事件)
- Noh Mask Murder Case (1949) (能面殺人事件)
- House of Spell (1949) (呪縛の家)
- Enchantresss Lodge (1949) (妖婦の宿)
- Crime in my Ichi-Ko days (1951) (我が一高時代の犯罪)
- Why Has the Doll Been Killed (1955) (人形はなぜ殺される)
- Mystery of Genghis Khan (1958) (成吉思汗の秘密)
- People Gathering like Ants (1959) (人蟻)
- Blind Spot in Broad Daylight (1960) (白昼の死角)
- Destructive Justice (1961) (破戒裁判)
- Prosecutor Saburo Kirishima (1964) (検事 霧島三郎)
- The Informer (1965) (密告者)
- Honeymoon to Nowhere (1965) (ゼロの蜜月)
- Combined Fleet Has Won at Last (1971) (連合艦隊ついに勝つ)
- Mystery of Yamataikoku (1973) (邪馬台国の秘密)
- Mystery of the early Japanese Emperors (1986) (古代天皇の秘密)
- Seven Lucky Gods Murder Case (1987) (七福神殺人事件)
- Goodbye Mask (1988) (仮面よ さらば)
- Takagi, Akimitsu. Honeymoon to Nowhere. Soho Crime (1999). ISBN 1-56947-154-1.
- Takagi, Akimitsu. The Informer. Soho Crime (2001). ISBN 1-56947-243-2.
- Takagi, Akimitsu. The Tattoo Murder Case. Soho Crime (1999). ISBN 1-56947-156-8.