Keigo Higashino

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Keigo Higashino
Born (1958-02-04) February 4, 1958 (age 56)
Osaka, Japan
Occupation Author
Nationality Japanese
Period 1985–present
Genres Mystery fiction, crime fiction, thriller

Keigo Higashino (東野 圭吾 Higashino Keigo?, born February 4, 1958) is a Japanese author chiefly known for his mystery novels. He served as the 13th President of Mystery Writers of Japan from 2009 to 2013.

Biography[edit]

Born in Osaka, he started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co. (presently DENSO). He won the Edogawa Rampo Award, which is awarded annually to the unpublished finest mystery work, in 1985 for the novel Hōkago (After School) at age 27. Subsequently, he quit his job and started a career as a writer in Tokyo.


In 1999, he won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for the novel Naoko, which was translated into English by Kerim Yasar and published by Vertical Inc.[1] in 2004. In 2006, he won the 134th Naoki Prize for The Devotion of Suspect X (Yōgisha X no Kenshin). His novels had been nominated five times before winning the award. The novel also won the 6th Honkaku Mystery Grand Prize and was ranked as the number-one novel by Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! 2006 and 2006 Honkaku Mystery Best 10, annual mystery fiction guide books published in Japan.

The English translation of The Devotion of Suspect X was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Barry Award for Best First Novel.

He writes not only mystery novels but also essays and story books for children. The style of writing differs from his novels, but basically he does not use as many characters as in his novels.[citation needed]

Works in English translation[edit]

Detective Galileo series
Other novel

Awards and nominations[edit]

Japanese Awards
U.S. Awards
French Award
  • 2010 - Prix Polar International: Mukashi Boku ga Shinda Ie (French title: La maison où je suis mort autrefois)

Bibliography[edit]

Detective Galileo series[edit]

  • Novels
  • Short story collections
    • Tantei Galileo (探偵ガリレオ?), 1998
    • Yochimu (予知夢?), 2000
    • Galileo no Kunō (ガリレオの苦悩?), 2008
    • Kyozō no Dōkeshi: Galileo 7 (虚像の道化師 ガリレオ7?), 2012
    • Kindan no Majutsu: Galileo 8 (禁断の魔術 ガリレオ8?), 2012

Kyoichiro Kaga series[edit]

  • Novels
    • Sotsugyō (卒業?), 1986
    • Nemuri no mori (眠りの森?), 1989
    • Dochiraka ga Kanojo o Koroshita (どちらかが彼女を殺した?), 1996
    • Akui (悪意?), 1996 (Malice)
    • Watashi ga Kare o Koroshita (私が彼を殺した?), 1999
    • Akai Yubi (赤い指?), 2006
    • Shinzanmono (新参者?), 2009
    • Kirin no Tsubasa (麒麟の翼?), 2011
    • Inori no Maku ga Oriru Toki (祈りの幕が下りる時?), 2013
  • Short story collection
    • Uso o Mō Hitotsu Dake (嘘をもうひとつだけ?), 2000

Naniwa Detective Boys series[edit]

  • Naniwa Shōnen Tanteidan (浪花少年探偵団?), 1988, Short story collection
  • Shinobu Sense ni Sayonara (しのぶセンセにサヨナラ?), 1993, Short story collection

Detective Daigoro Tenkaichi series[edit]

  • Meitantei no Okite (名探偵の掟?), 1996, Short story collection
  • Meitantei no Jubaku (名探偵の呪縛?), 1996, Novel

Other novels[edit]

  • Hōkago (放課後?), 1985
  • Hakuba Sansō Satsujin Jiken (白馬山荘殺人事件?), 1986
  • Gakusei-gai no Satsujin (学生街の殺人?), 1987
  • Jūichi Moji no Satsujin (11文字の殺人?), 1987
  • Makyū (魔球?), 1988
  • Uinku de Kampai (ウインクで乾杯?), 1988
  • Jūji Yashiki no Piero (十字屋敷のピエロ?), 1989
  • Chōjin Keikaku (鳥人計画?), 1989
  • Satsujin Genba wa Kumo no Ue (殺人現場は雲の上?), 1989
  • Burūtasu no Shinzō (ブルータスの心臓?), 1989
  • Shukumei (宿命?), 1990
  • Kamen Sansō Satsujin Jiken (仮面山荘殺人事件?), 1990
  • Henshin (変身?), 1991
  • Kairōtei Satsujin Jiken (回廊亭殺人事件?), 1991
  • Aru Tozasareta Yuki no Sansō de (ある閉ざされた雪の山荘で?), 1992
  • Utsukushiki Kyōki (美しき凶器?), 1992
  • Dōkyūsei (同級生?), 1993
  • Bunshin (分身?), 1993
  • Mukashi Boku ga Shinda Ie (むかし僕が死んだ家?), 1994
  • Niji o Ayatsuru Shōnen (虹を操る少年?), 1994
  • Parareru Wārudo Rabu Sutōrī (Parallel world love story) (パラレルワールド・ラブストーリー?), 1995
  • Tenkū no Hachi (天空の蜂?), 1995
  • Himitsu (秘密?), 1998 (Naoko, Vertical, 2004)
  • Byakuyakō (白夜行?), 1999 (Journey Under the Midnight Sun)
  • Kataomoi (片想い?), 2001
  • Reikusaido (Lakeside) (レイクサイド?), 2002
  • Tokio (時生?), 2002
  • Gēmu no Na wa Yūkai (ゲームの名は誘拐?), 2002
  • Tegami (手紙?), 2003
  • Ore wa Hijōkin (おれは非情勤?), 2003
  • Satsujin no Mon (殺人の門?), 2003
  • Gen'ya (幻夜?), 2004
  • Samayou Yaiba (さまよう刃?), 2004
  • Shimei to Tamashii no Rimitto (使命と魂のリミット?), 2006
  • Yoake no Machi de (夜明けの街で?), 2007
  • Daiingu Ai (Dying Eye) (ダイイング・アイ?), 2007
  • Ryūsei no Kizuna (流星の絆?), 2008
  • Paradokkusu Sātīn (Paradox 13) (パラドックス13?), 2009
  • Kakkō no Tamago wa Dare no Mono (カッコウの卵は誰のもの?), 2010
  • Purachina Dēta (Platinum Data) (プラチナデータ?), 2010
  • Hakugin Jakku (白銀ジャック?), 2010
  • Masukarēdo Hoteru (Masquerade Hotel) (マスカレード・ホテル?), 2011
  • Namiya Zakkaten no Kiseki (ナミヤ雑貨店の奇蹟?), 2012
  • Mugen-bana (夢幻花?), 2013

Other short story collections[edit]

  • Tantei Kurabu (探偵倶楽部?), 1990
  • Hannin no Inai Satsujin no Yoru (犯人のいない殺人の夜?), 1990
  • Kōtsū Keisatsu no Yoru (交通警察の夜?), 1991
  • Ayashii Hitobito (怪しい人びと?), 1994
  • Kaishō Shōsetsu (怪笑小説?), 1995
  • Dokushō Shōsetsu (毒笑小説?), 1996
  • Chō Satsujin Jiken: Suiri Sakka no Kunō (超・殺人事件 推理作家の苦悩?), 2001
  • Kokushō Shōsetsu (黒笑小説?), 2005
  • Ano Koro no Dareka (あの頃の誰か?), 2011
  • Waishō Shōsetsu (歪笑小説?), 2012

Picture book[edit]

  • Santa no Obasan (サンタのおばさん?), 2001 (Illustrated by Hiromi Sugita)

TV and film adaptations[edit]

Some of his novels have been made into TV drama series and films:

Japanese films
Japanese TV dramas
South Korean films
French film
  • The Secret (Film, 2007, based on Himitsu; French title: Si J'etais Toi, meaning "If I Were You")

Malayalam film 'Drishyam' is an adaptation of Suspect X.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.vertical-inc.com/books/naoko.html
  2. ^ The 2012 List | Reference & User Services Association (RUSA)
  3. ^ "Platina Data" (in Japanese). platinadata.jp.net. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  4. ^ "白夜行 (2006)" (in Japanese). allcinema.net. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 

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