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Mariko Koike was born in 1952 in Tokyo. After graduating from Seikei University, she published Friends of the Wife in 1989 and won the Japan Detective Fiction Writers Award for Best Short Story Collection. In 1995, she won the Naoki Prize for Love, and in 1998, she won a Romance Fiction Award for Desire. Koike is the only writer in Japan to be lauded by both the romance and detective fiction communities for her hybrid works.