Masakazu Sakonju

Created by Michael Wiecek

Japanese private investigator MASAKAZU SAKONJU has appeared in only two short stories, as far as I can tell, but they're good ones.

Sakonju fist appeared in the December 2000 issue of Alred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, in "The Good Daughter," but it's the 2005 Shamus-winning short story, "A Death in Ueno," that really kicks it up a notch. In it, Sakonju is hired by a man to find the killer of his brother, one of thousands of homeless people sleeping in parks and cardboard boxes throughout Tokyo. But to find the killer, Sakonju must take on police indifference, the Yakuza, and the tight, secretive world of the dhomeless themselves.

Under the pen name of Mike Cooper, the author writes about Silas Cade, a sort of Black Ops accountant who specializes in retrieving "misdirected" funds, and Finn, a professional thief who only steals really big things. Besides winning a Shamus Award for "A Death in Ueno," he's also nominated for an International Thriller Writers Award for a previous novel (also under another name).


  • "The Good Daughter" by Mike Wiecek (December 2000, AHMM)
  • "A Death in Ueno" by Michael Wiecek. (March 2005, AHMM).. Kindle it!


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Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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