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Hiroki Nagaoka

Hiroki Nagaoka 長岡弘樹

Hiroki Nagaoka  (1969–)  was born in Yamagata Prefecture. He became an avid reader of fiction when he was in college. After graduation he went to work as a staffer for a nonprofit, and about the time he reached 30 he began trying his hand at writing fiction of his own. In 2003 his short mystery Manatsu no sharin (Midsummer Wheel) won the Shōsetsu Suiri New Writers Prize. His first published book was the 2005 short-story collection Hidamari no itsuwari (Deception in Sunlight). He received the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Short Stories in 2008 for Kataegiki (Overheard), and the four-story collection in which it was the title story became a bestseller. His 2013 novel Kyōjō (Training Center) was ranked near the top on numerous “Best Mysteries of the Year” lists put out by major newspapers and magazines, and was nominated for the 2014 Booksellers Award. His other story collections include Kyōjō 2, Gunjō no tandemu (Ultramarine Tandem), and Akai kokuin (The Vermilion Thumbprint). He has won fans with his well-laid groundwork and deftly advanced plots, together with penetrating psychological insights that he wields to great dramatic effect.

Books by Hiroki Nagaoka
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    Training Center

    In April, 35 men and six women enter the prefectural police academy as its 98th class of recruits. Six linked episodes follow the class as it moves toward graduation day half a year later, with some of the recruits surmounting the challenges and proceedin …

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    The Vermilion Thumbprint

    A master of the puzzler mystery presents four exemplars of the genre, laying his groundwork and distributing clues with meticulous care as he builds to a climax that will have readers catching their breath in surprise. The title work brings back the moth …

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