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Award winning author of The Cage, Winter Sleep, and Ashes, Kenzo Kitakata is the undisputed don of hardboiled and mystery writing in Japan. Of his more than one hundred novels, none have gone out of print. Awards and Honors: 1982, Japan Adventure Writing Association Award; Yoshikawa Eiji Award for Sleepless Nights 1983, Japan Adventure Writing Association Award for The Cage 1984, Japan Mystery Writers Association Award for Thirsty Town;Kadokawa Fiction Award for The Past: Remember 1985, Bungei Award for The Street With No Tomorrow 1990, Shibata Renzaburo Prize, Vanquishing Star 2005, Shiba Ryotaro Prize for Tales of the Water Margin


." While Kitakata does not yet have the movie-based appeal of Koji Suzuki, his tales of gangsters and artists take the elements of American crime fiction and substitute culturally adventurous choices for readers who like to have their worlds upended. And since the world of crime fiction is essentially all about having your world upended, it stands to reason that these novels will offer some dark delights. " - Ain't It Cool News

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