Nicolás Obregón


Nicolás Obregón is both a Madrileño and a Londoner, having lived between the two cities and cultures from a young age. He has worked as a deputy editor for a publishing house in Central London and as a writer for Which? Travel Magazine.

His first novel, Blue Light Yokohama, will be published in 2017.



Reinstated to the Homicide Division and transferred to a precinct in Tokyo, Inspector Iwata is facing superiors who don’t want him and a recalcitrant partner, Noriko Sakai, who’d rather work with anyone else. After the previous detective working the case killed himself, Iwata and Sakai are assigned to investigate the slaughter of an entire family, a brutal murder with no clear motive or suspect. At the crime scene, they find puzzling ritualistic details. Black smudges. A strange incense smell. And a strange symbol — a large black sun. Iwata doesn’t know what the symbol means but he can hear it whispering to him: I am here. I am not finished.

As Iwata investigates, it becomes clear that these murders by the Black Sun Killer are not the first, nor will they be the last. As he tries to track down the history of black sun symbol, puzzle out the motive for the crime, and connect this to other murders, Iwata finds himself racing another clock — the superiors who are trying to have him removed for good.

Haunted by his own past, his inability to sleep, and a song, ‘Blue Light Yokohama,’ Iwata is at the center of a compelling, brilliantly moody, layered novel sure to be one of the most talked about debuts in 2017.




Part I - The Story of the Story of Blue Light Yokohama
In the first of three pieces, Nicolás Obregón discusses how he discovered the real-life case that inspired his book, Blue Light Yokohama.


Part II - The Story of the Story of Blue Light Yokohama
Nicolás Obregón takes a closer look at the Miyazawa Family Murders - a cold case from the year 2000.


Part III - The Story of the Story of Blue Light Yokohama
The conclusion - how an atrocious crime, a few coincidences, and an old Japanese love song became a debut novel.


The Birth of Blue Light Yokohama in The Huffington Post
'The Story of the Story' serialised in the US.


The Birth of Blue Light Yokohama Part II in Criminal Element
'The story of the story' serialised in the US.


Countries of publication: UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Czechia and the Netherlands.

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