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Tetsuya Honda

Tetsuya Honda 誉田哲也

Tetsuya Honda (1969–)  was born in Tokyo and graduated from Gakushūin University. He notes that he was influenced a great deal by manga and anime when he was growing up. He began playing bass in rock bands in middle school, eventually writing his own music and lyrics and attempting to make it as a musician, but threw in the towel at 30. He got his feet wet as a writer reporting on combat sports, of which he is a fan, and then began trying his hand at fiction, which he considered an extension of his songwriting. His literary debut came in 2002 with Ayakashi no hana (Ethereal Flower), which won an Excellence Award in the Mu Mystery Novel Grand Prize contest on its way to being published. The following year his novel Akusesu (Access) received the Special Prize in the Horror and Suspense Grand Prize contest. He soon joined the ranks of Japan’s best-selling authors with police novels featuring female cops?the Jiu trilogy (2005?06) and the ongoing Reiko Himekawa series that began with Sutoroberī naito (tr. The Silent Dead, 2016), and includes Souru keiji (Soul Cage), Inbijiburu rein (Invisible Rain), and Burū mādā (Blue Murder). His youth novels Bushidō shikkusutīn (Bushido Sixteen), which evolved into a series, and Shippū gāru (Girl Like the Wind) have also been well received. Other titles include Kemono no shiro (Castle of Beasts) and Purāju (Plage).

Books by Tetsuya Honda
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    The Silent Dead

    Having been a victim of rape when in high school, Reiko Himekawa decides she wants to be a police detective, and joins the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department upon graduation from college. Promoted with unusual speed, she is selected at 27 to head Murder …

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    Invisible Rain

    Bringing fans of the Reiko Himekawa series the most heart-wrenching conclusion to date, this story was made into a film in 2013 under the title Sutoroberii naito (Strawberry Night), after the name of the first novel in the series. Mitsuru Kobayashi, a me …

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    Soul Cage

    In this second installment of the author's best-selling Reiko Himekawa series, a severed left hand is found in a minivan abandoned on a dry riverbed. Himekawa and her team join the investigation. The hand is quickly identified as belonging to building con …

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    Blue Murder

    A year after the events of Inbijiburu rein (Invisible Rain), Reiko Himekawa’s team in Criminal Investigation Division I of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has been disbanded, and Reiko herself, now 32, has been reassigned to the station in Ikeb …

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    Plage

    This suspense novel focuses on a group of men and women who bear social ostracism as a result of missteps in their past that left them with a criminal record. Worn down by the demands of his job in marketing for a travel agency, Takao Yoshimura, 30, deci …

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    Index

    This volume contains eight short stories that complement author Tetsuya Honda’s best-selling novel series featuring crime fighter Reiko Himekawa. Five of the tales relate cases that Reiko, now 33, undertakes shortly after her return from the Ikebukuro W …

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