Ryoue Tsukimura

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Ryoue Tsukimura

Ryoue Tsukimura 月村了衛

Ryoue Tsukimura (1963–)  graduated from Waseda University, where he studied in the First Faculty of Letters (now the School of Culture, Media, and Society), renowned for the large number of creative writers among its alumni. His primary interest there was in film, with a focus on scriptwriting and criticism. After graduation he taught language arts and classical Japanese at a cram school for college entrance-exam takers, before making his screenwriting debut when the manga Misutā Ajikko (Mister Flavor Boy), featuring a young culinary prodigy, was adapted into an anime series for television in 1988. His debut as a fiction writer did not come until 2010, when he published the suspense novel Kiryū keisatsu (Police Dragoon), which became the first of a series. He won the Japan SF Grand Prize in 2011 for Kiryū keisatsu: Jibaku jōkō (Police Dragoon: Suicide Bomber Clause), and the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers in 2012 for Kiryū keisatsu: Ankoku shijō (Police Dragoon: Dark Market). In 2015 he garnered both the Haruhiko Ōyabu Award for Koruto M1851: Zangetsu (Colt M1851: Morning Moon), an outlaw novel set in the Edo period, and the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Novels for Dobaku no hana (Flower of the Desert), about a Japan Self-Defense Force unit that gets caught up in a tribal conflict in Somalia. His other titles include the period novel Ittō-ryū musō-ken zan (One-Sword School, Voided Mind Technique?Slash), and the police novel Kokukei (Black Cop). Muscular tales rife with human drama are his forte.

Books by Ryoue Tsukimura
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    Police Dragoon: Dark Market

    This is the third in a highly popular series that delivers science fiction set in the near future within the police novel genre. The protagonist is Yuri Ozhnov, hired by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's newly established SIPD ("Special Investiga …

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    Flower of the Desert

    A battle-action novel set on eastern Africa’s Somali Peninsula?also known as the Horn of Africa. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 1st Airborne Brigade is participating in a multinational coalition formed to pursue pirates operating with impunit …

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