Dale Furutani

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Dale Furutani
Born (1946-12-01) December 1, 1946 (age 70)
Hilo, Hawaii
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Genre Mystery

Dale Furutani (born December 1, 1946, in Hilo, Hawaii) is the first Asian American to win major mystery writing awards. He has won the Anthony Award and the Macavity Award and has been nominated for the Agatha Award.[1][2][3] His book, The Toyotomi Blades, was selected as the best mystery of 1997 by the Internet Critics Group. He has been called "the best known of Japanese American writers".[citation needed]

Furutani's family came from Yamaguchi Prefecture in Japan to Hawaii in 1896. He was raised in San Pedro, California, where he attended school. He has a degree in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach, and an MBA in Marketing from UCLA. In addition to his writing career, he has held positions as Parts Marketing Manager for Yamaha Motorcycles, Director of Information Systems for Nissan USA, and CIO of Edmunds.com.[citation needed]

He has written mysteries set in modern Los Angeles and Tokyo as well as a mystery trilogy set in 1603 Japan. He has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and have been on the Mystery Writers of America national bestseller list, the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List for all fiction, and numerous local mystery bestseller lists. He has been invited to speak at the U. S. Library of Congress several times as both a mystery writer and an Asian American writer. He has also been invited to speak at numerous writer's and mystery conventions.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Furutani lives near Seattle, Washington, but spends considerable time in Japan. He has lived in Japan for up to three years at a time.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Anthony Award Nominees and Winners". Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Macavity Awards". Mystery Readers International. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Agatha Awards". Malice Domestic. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 

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