Soji Shimada

Born in 1948 in Hiroshima prefecture, Soji Shimada has been dubbed the 'God of Mystery' by international audiences. A novelist, essayist and short-story writer, he made his literary debut in 1981 with The Tokyo Zodiac Murders, which was shortlisted for the Edogawa Rampo Prize. Blending classical detective fiction with grisly violence and elements of the occult, he has gone on to publish several highly acclaimed series of mystery fiction, including the casebooks of Kiyoshi Mitarai and Takeshi Yoshiki. He is the author of 100+ works in total.

In 2009 Shimada received the prestigious Japan Mystery Literature Award in recognition of his life's work.


  • “Intricately constructed and entertainingly exotic.”
    The Japan Times on The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
  • "Nominated for the Edogawa Rampo Award and a best seller in Japan, this is an intriguing, well-crafted mystery with charts and crime scene maps to ponder over."
    Ron Samul, Library Journal, on The Tokyo Zodiac Murders