Kotaro Isaka is a Japanese author of mysteries. He is best known for writing Bullet Train which was adapted into a film starring Brad Pitt.

The author was born in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan on May 25, 1971. He studied at Tohoku University where he graduated from the law faculty. He went to work as a system engineer and wrote while working. Isaka published his debut novel in 2000 which won him the Shincho Mystery Club Prize and he has been working as a full-time writer ever since. He was nominated for the Hon’ya Taishō in each of the award’s first four years, the only Japanese author do so. He won the award in 2008 with Remote Control/Golden Slumber.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Remote Control (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bullet Train (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Three Assassins (2022)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Maoh: Juvenile Remix Books

(with Megumi Ōsuga)

Maoh: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 1 (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Maoh: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 2 (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Maoh: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 3 (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Maoh: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 4 (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Maoh: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 5 (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Maoh: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 6 (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Maoh: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 7 (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Maoh: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 9 (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Maoh: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 10 (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Bullet Train follows a bullet train loaded with five motivated and talented assassins. Satoshi is known as The Prince as he looks like an innocent schoolboy, but is actually a deadly assassin. He enjoys a good philosophical debate, but his past has caught up with him as Kimura is on the train looking for revenge after The Prince put his son in a coma. Nanao is the self-proclaimed unluckiest assassin in the world known as Ladybug. They were put on the train to steal a suitcase full of money and get off at the next stop. However, the lethal duo of Tangerine and Lemon are also traveling on the train. Why are all five assassins on the same train? Who will make it off alive?

Isaka followed that book up with Three Assassins. The book follows an ordinary man named Suzuki who sets out looking for answers and revenge after the murder of his wife. He tracks the crime to the Maiden gang and goes to work for them where he finds himself in a network of assassins.

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