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Arimasa Ōsawa

Arimasa Ōsawa 大沢在昌

Arimasa Ōsawa (1956–)  is one of Japan’s leading writers of hardboiled crime fiction. A voracious reader of mysteries and fiction by Raymond Chandler and others from the time he was in grade school, he began writing his own stories while in college. His literary debut came when he won the 1979 Shōsetsu Suiri New Writers Prize for Kanshō no machikado (Sentimental Streets). While he then began churning out a rapid succession of novels, his titles failed to sell very well, and for a time he took to calling himself the “perennial one-printing wonder.” Finally, in 1990, Shinjuku-zame (tr. Shinjuku Shark), featuring a police detective in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, took off and became a bestseller, leading him to turn it into a series. In 1993, Shinjuku-zame: Mugen ningyō (Shinjuku Shark: Poisoning Doll), the fourth book, won the Naoki Prize, firmly establishing him as a hitmaker. Pandora airando (Pandora Island) garnered the Shibata Renzaburō Award in 2004, and Umi to tsuki no meiro (A Maze of Sea and Moon) won the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for Literature in 2014. Ōsawa has also taken the Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize four times, for Kokoro de wa omosugiru (The Heart Is Too Heavy; 2001), Yamisaki annai-nin (Guide into Darkness; 2002), Shinjuku-zame 9: Ōkamibana (Shinjuku Shark 9: The Werewolf; 2006), and Shinjuku-zame 10: Kizuna kairō (Shinjuku Shark 10: Ties that Bind; 2010). Ōsawa and fellow blockbuster writers Miyuki Miyabe and Natsuhiko Kyōgoku jointly support and promote their writing activities through the Racoon Agency (formerly the Ōsawa Office).
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Books by Arimasa Ōsawa
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    Pandora Island

    This thriller takes place on the fictitious island of Aokuni-jima, located in the Pacific Ocean roughly 1,100 kilometers south of Tokyo?farther south even than the Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands. The story begins when former police detective Yasuhiko Takasu ar …

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    Shinjuku Shark

    On any weekend night in Kabuki-cho, an entertainment district in Shinjuku, Tokyo, as many as 400,000 revelers crowd into the equivalent of a little more than a dozen city blocks. At a time when the afterglow of Japan's bubble economy can still be felt in …

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    The Angel's Fangs

    An already powerful crime syndicate is increasing its sway by expanding the market for a new kind of stimulant known as "afterburner." The syndicate, suspected of having a mole within the police force, is headed by autocratic kingpin Tatsuro Kimikuni. One …

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    Nightmare Hunt

    After a prologue, the story proper begins with a mass shooting at a Shibuya disco club by a team of four men wielding submachine guns. Hired by a pharmaceutical company, their mission is to recover?by whatever means necessary?some pills stolen by the radi …

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    The Angel’s Talons

    This volume is a sequel to the best-selling Tenshi no kiba (The Angel's Fangs), which sold 110,000 copies in hardcover. In the battle between the police and a powerful crime syndicate that took place in that work, intrepid female cop Asuka Kono and the st …

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    Guide into Darkness

    This hard-boiled suspense novel centers on Kuzuhara, the leader of a group that, for a price, caters to those who can no longer remain in Japan because they have gotten on the wrong side of the law, the yakuza, or both, helping them to disappear without a …

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    A Maze of Sea and Moon

    The story takes place on Hajima, a tiny island in Nagasaki Prefecture that once served as the base for an undersea coal mine, until those operations closed in 1974. While the island is now deserted, this tale spans a half-year period from spring to autumn …

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