Honobu Yonezawa

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Honobu Yonezawa

Honobu Yonezawa 米澤穂信

Honobu Yonezawa (1978–)  loved making up stories even as a child and began writing fiction at the age of 14. By the time he got to university he was posting stories on his own website. After graduation he continued writing while working in a bookstore, and first got into print in 2001 when Hyōka (Ice Cream), a YA mystery novel, earned an honorable mention in the Kadokawa School Novel Prize competition. Sayonara yōsei (Farewell, Sprite), a critically acclaimed story of the relationship between Japanese high-school boys and a girl from war-torn Yugoslavia, helped cement his reputation when it was published in 2004. Since then he has been a regular presence on lists of the year’s best mysteries. Oreta ryūkotsu (Broken Keel) won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Novels in 2011, and the story collection Mangan (A Vow Fulfilled) took the Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize in 2014; the book claimed the top spot in numerous year-end lists of the year’s best mysteries, and was also voted No. 1 in the 2015 Konomys rankings. He repeated the Konomys No. 1 Ranking in 2016 with the novel Ō to sākasu (Kings and Circuses). Though known especially for his distinctive blending of the whodunit with tales of youth, Yonezawa has also made forays into science fiction, as with 2006’s Botorunekku (Bottleneck) and 2007’s Inshite miru (The Incite Mill), a sinister “murder game” story. He is a leading figure among Japan’s younger generation of mystery writers.
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Books by Honobu Yonezawa
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    Broken Keel

    This is a historical mystery. The action takes place in November 1190 on the Solon Archipelago, a group of English-controlled islands in the North Sea. Under orders from the king of England, the Elwin family has built a settlement on the Solons which has …

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    The Incite Mill

    Author Honobu Yonezawa plays the conventions of the closed circle mystery to the hilt, while also paying homage to some of the classics of the genre, such as Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None?for example, by inserting the Native American doll of …

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    A Vow Fulfilled

    This book contains six short, standalone thrillers. Much of their appeal lies in the contrast between the powerful passions that drive the characters to murder and the quiet elegance of the prose in which the stories are told. A mid-thirties lawyer named …

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    Kings and Circuses

    The story begins in the early dawn of June 1, 2001, when Machi Tachiarai, 28, wakes up to the sound of someone praying outside and is momentarily disoriented. She is in an inexpensive travelers’ inn called Tokyo Lodge in Kathmandu, Nepal, having arrived …

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    Ten Meters Shy of the Truth

    A collection of puzzlers featuring journalist Machi Tachiarai, who was first introduced to mystery lovers in the best-selling novel Ō to sākasu (Kings and Circuses). The six stories included in thi …

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