I. J. Parker
She was, until retirement, Associate Professor of English and Foreign Languages at Norfolk State University in Virginia. Writing detective mysteries set in ancient Japan was an incidental result of initial research into 11th century Japan out of professional interest in Japanese literature of the era. She was also influenced by the Judge Dee mystery series written by the noted orientalist and diplomat Robert van Gulik.
Her first short story about Sugawara Akitada ("Instruments of Murder") was published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine in October 1997.
She was the winner of Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award for Best P.I. Short Story in 2000, with Akitada's First Case, published in 1999.
These two short stories and others about Akitada, listed below, were collected in October 2013 in "Akitada and the Way of Justice: The Akitada Stories".
- The Incense Murder
- Rain at Rashomon
- The Curio Dealer's Wife
- A Master of Go
- The New Year's Gift
- The O-Bon Cat
- Moon Cakes
- The Tanabata Magpie
- Welcoming the Paddy God
Not included in this book are the short stories: Death and Cherry Blossoms, (published instead in the collection Three Tales of Love and Murder), The Kamo Horse (published instead in Shaken: Stories for Japan), The Water Sprite, and Fox Magic.
The series' first publisher (St. Martin's Press) decided to change the order of publication of the novels instead of following internal chronology. She switched to Penguin in 2004 with the agreement to publish the novels in internal chronological order, which is: (1) The Dragon Scroll, (2) Rashomon Gate, (3) Black Arrow, (4) Island of Exiles, (5) The Hell Screen, (6) The Convict's Sword.
- Rashomon Gate (July 2002, St. Martin's Minotaur, ISBN 978-0-312-28798-6)
- The Hell Screen (September 2003, St. Martin's Minotaur, ISBN 978-0-312-28795-5)
- The Dragon Scroll (July 2005, Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0-14-303532-9)
- Black Arrow (December 2006, Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0-14-303561-9)
- Island of Exiles (October 2007, Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0-14-311259-4)
- The Convict's Sword (July 2009, Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0-14-311579-3)
- The Masuda Affair (November 2010, Severn House Publishers, ISBN 978-0727869258)
- The Fires of the Gods (December 2010, Severn House, ISBN 978-0-7278-6989-0)
- Death on an Autumn River (August 2013, 2nd edition, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, ISBN 978-1491093634)
- The Emperor's Woman (September 2013, 2nd edition, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, ISBN 978-1492260134)
- Death of a Doll Maker (October 2013, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, ISBN 978-1492765035)
- The Crane Pavilion (January 2014, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, ISBN 978-1494935559)
- The Old Men Of Omi (August 2014, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, ISBN 978-1500851958)
- The Hollow Reed vol. I: Dream of a Spring Night (September 2012, Ingrid J. Parker Inc.)
- The Hollow Reed vol. II: Dust Before the Wind (September 2012, Ingrid J. Parker Inc.,)
- The Sword Master (October 2013, 2nd edition, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, ISBN 978-1493553549)
- The Left-Handed God (December 2013, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, ISBN 978-1493782192)