A prolific writer of her own brand of sometimes gothic suspense, Asa Nonami is most notable for strong women characters in a mystery genre frequently predominated by men. Nonami was born in 1960 in Tokyo and attended Waseda University to study sociology before dropping out and getting a job at an advertising agency. In 1988 she made her fiction writing debut with Happy Breakfast and won the Japan Mystery Suspense Award. In 1996, Nonami won the 115th Naoki Prize for The Hunter. Among her other notable works are The June 19th Bride, Paradise Thirty, Dramatic Children, and Muderer of the Blooming Season. Vertical will publish her Body in late 2012.