Now That’s What I Call Prolific
The Yomiuri Shimbun has good reason to fete mystery novelist Jiro Akagawa – he’s just published his 500th novel:
Mystery novelist Jiro Akagawa has given a whole new meaning to the
word “prolific,” having dashed off an amazing 500 books since his first
novel appeared in 1977, it has been learned.
To the best of Japan Library of Mystery Literature Co.’s knowledge,
he is the first Japanese author of mystery novels to have published 500
According to mystery novel critic Yuzuru Yamamae, “Dorakyurajo no
Butokai” (The Ball at Castle Dracula), published by Kadokawa Shoten in
January, is Akagawa’s 500th original work. However, Akagawa claims,
using slightly different criteria, that “Mikeneko Homuzu no Sawakai”
(Calico Cat Holmes’ Tea Party), the latest volume in his popular series
published in February by Kobunsha Co., is his 500th.
The 60-year-old Akagawa began his career writing crime fiction, usually of the humorous variety, in 1976. “I didn’t particularly have a target of 500 novels in mind, but the
number of my publications just kept growing. I don’t know if I can make
it to the 600th novel, but as long as readers wait for my works, I’d
love to continue writing,“Akagawa said. I dunno, I think he has a good shot at 600….