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Miyuki Miyabe

Miyuki Miyabe 宮部みゆき

Miyuki Miyabe (1960–)  is a prolific author working across a broad spectrum of genres, including mysteries, crime novels, period fiction, sci-fi, and fantasies for children. Born and raised in the shitamachi section of Tokyo, with its vestiges of the old Edo-period plebeian culture, she continues to live in the area and frequently sets her stories there. She began writing fiction in her early twenties, and made her literary debut in 1987 when her short story Warera ga rinjin no hanzai (Our Neighbor's Crime) won the All Yomimono Mystery Prize for New Writers. She received the Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 1991 for her novel The Sleeping Dragon (tr. 2009), the Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize in 1992 for her novel All She Was Worth (tr. 1996), and the Naoki Prize in 1998 for Riyū (The Reason). Her monumental 2001 novel Puppet Master?(tr. 2014) won the Shiba Ryōtarō Prize as well as the MEXT Award for the Arts and vaulted her to a new level of bestsellerdom. More recently, her Na mo naki doku (Nameless Poison) won the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for Literature in 2007, and the English edition of her fantasy novel Brave Story received the Mildred L. Batchelder Award in 2008. Her recent bestsellers include the novels Soromon no gishō (Solomon's Perjury) and Petero no sōretsu (St. Peter’s Funeral Procession). She is also well known as a video-game enthusiast. Miyabe is one of the three members of Osawa Office, along with the writers Arimasa Osawa and Natsuhiko Kyōgoku.
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Books by Miyuki Miyabe
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    All She Was Worth

    This mystery portrays the horrors and pitfalls of a cashless society.?Written by one of the most popular female mystery authors in Japan today, the book became a sensation among fans of the genre as soon as it was published in 1992, rising to first place …

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    Nameless Poison

    A crime novel involving two sorts of poison: the actual kind, and the toxic malignity of the human heart. In mid-September an old man out taking a walk dies after drinking a carton of tea laced with potassium cyanide. He is the fourth victim since March i …

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    Puppet Master

    In this monumental novel, a deranged killer sees himself as the genius scriptwriter, director, and star of a real-life serial mass-murder drama. Offering penetrating psychological portraits of the victims and killer, while also exploring the dangers that …

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    Somebody

    Narrator Saburo Sugimura, 35, works on the in-house magazine of the Imada Concern, one of Japan's largest industrial conglomerates. Seven years ago he married Naoko, 29, a love child of Yoshichika Imada, 79, founder and current chairman of the Concern. Th …

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    The Sleeping Dragon

    On the night of a typhoon, magazine reporter Shogo Kosaka is on his way by car to Tokyo, when he sees a cyclist stranded by a flat and offers him a ride. He learns that the boy is in high school and his name is Shinji Inamura. Almost right away they come …

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    St. Peter’s Funeral Procession

    This is author Miyuki Miyabe’s third novel featuring as its narrator Saburo Sugimura, who works on the in-house magazine of the Imada Concern, one of Japan’s largest industrial conglomerates. Set three years after Dareka (Somebody) and two years after …

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    Hope Apartments

    This is the fourth title in best-selling author Miyuki Miyabe’s amateur sleuth series featuring the narrator Saburō Sugimura, who gave up his job at a publisher of children’s books to work on the company newsletter of the Imada Concern, one of Japan …

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