Keigo Higashino

Keigo Higashino
Born (1958-02-04) February 4, 1958
Ikuno, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Author
Nationality Japan
Alma mater Osaka Prefecture University
Period 1985–present
Genre Mystery fiction, crime fiction, thriller

Keigo Higashino (東野 圭吾 Higashino Keigo, born February 4, 1958) is a Japanese author chiefly known for his mystery novels. He served as the 13th President of Mystery Writers of Japan from 2009 to 2013. He won the 31st Edogawa Rampo Prize in 1985 by his novel After School.


He was born in Osaka. After graduation from Osaka Prefecture University with the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering, he started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co. (presently DENSO) from 1981. He won the Edogawa Rampo Prize, which is awarded annually to the unpublished finest mystery work, in 1985 for the novel Hōkago (After School) at age 27. Subsequently, he quit his job and started a career as a writer in Tokyo.

In 1999, he won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for the novel Naoko, which was translated into English by Kerim Yasar and published by Vertical Inc.[1] in 2004. In 2006, he won the 134th Naoki Prize for The Devotion of Suspect X (Yōgisha X no Kenshin). His novels had been nominated five times before winning the award. The novel also won the 6th Honkaku Mystery Award and was ranked as the number-one novel by Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! 2006 and 2006 Honkaku Mystery Best 10, annual mystery fiction guide books published in Japan.

The English translation of The Devotion of Suspect X was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Barry Award for Best First Novel.

He writes not only mystery novels but also essays and story books for children. The style of writing differs from his novels, but basically he does not use as many characters as in his novels.

Works in English translation

Detective Galileo series
Police Detective Kaga series
Other novels

Awards and nominations

Japanese Awards
U.S. Awards
French Award


Detective Galileo series

Police Detective Kaga series

Naniwa Detective Boys series

Detective Daigoro Tenkaichi series

Other novels

Other short story collections

Picture book

TV and film adaptations

Some of his novels have been made into TV drama series and films:

Japanese films
Japanese TV dramas
South Korean films
French film

See also


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