• Born date: 1894-10-21
  • Born in: JapaN
  • Death date: 1965-07-28
Edogawa Ranpo

Tarō Hirai (平井 太郎, Hirai Tarō, October 21, 1894 – July 28, 1965), better known by the pseudonym Edogawa Ranpo (江戸川 乱歩), was a Japanese author and critic who played a major role in the development of Japanese mystery fiction. Many of his novels involve the detective hero Kogoro Akechi, who in later books was the leader of a group of boy detectives known as the "Boy Detective's Gang" (少年探偵団, Shōnen tantei dan).Ranpo was an admirer of Western mystery writers, and especially of Edgar Allan Poe.