I. J. Parker

I. J. Parker won the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award for Best P.I. Short Story in 2000 for “Akitada’s First Case,” published in 1999. A retired Associate Professor of English and Foreign Languages at a Virginia university, Parker began research into 11th century Japan because of a professional interest in that culture’s literature. This led to the first Akitada short story, “Instruments of Murder,” published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine in October of 1997. Although Parker’s multi-lingual background includes a little Japanese, research is done using translations and the help of scholars specializing in the period.