Hiroshima Boy


By Naomi Hirahara

Coming March 2018

Paperback | $16
ISBN 978-1-945551-08-6

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ISBN 978-1-945551-09-3

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The Final Mas Arai Mystery

L.A. gardener Mas Arai returns to Hiroshima to bring his best friend’s ashes to a relative on a small island, only to be embroiled in the mysterious death of a teenage boy who was about the same age Mas was when he survived the atomic bomb in 1945.

Praise for Sayonara Slam

“Written with heart, depth and pace, Hirahara’s sixth case is hard to put down.” — Kirkus Reviews

“In a genre in which unusual amateur sleuths are the norm, Mas Arai is in a class by himself.” — Oline Cogdill, Florida Sun-Sentinel and many other Tribune newspapers

“Hirahara crafts a superb whodunit.” — Daily Republic

“Lots of facts about international baseball teams, as well as some good history about the Second World War, and a terrific whodunit plot involving a murdered sportswriter. I’m off to find some more Hirahara.” — The Globe & Mail, Toronto

“Mas is a hyperobservant, methodical sleuth—a blend of Columbo and Hercule Poirot—but what makes this award-winning series shine is the way Hirahara takes readers inside her character’s head. A winner.” — Booklist

“Hirahara has crafted a pitch-perfect blend of mystery with threads of history in Sayonara Slam…everything feels organic, arising from characters and situations, creating a pleasingly multi-layered mystery that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.” — Craig Sisterson, Crime Watch

“Edgar-winner Hirahara’s sixth Mas Arai mystery is as likable as its septuagenarian hero…quietly convincing.” — Publishers Weekly

“Mas Arai is a wholly original sleuth—reluctant, curmudgeonly, and irresistible. In Sayonara Slam, he delves into baseball, World War II, and the complex history between Japan and Korea, all while grappling with that most enduring mystery, love. Hirahara has created a story that’s both meaningful and great fun; you’ll be cheering until the very last play.” — Nina Revoyr, author of Lost Canyon, Southland, and Wingshooters

“This is a mystery with some meat to it, and you’ll be glad you picked it up.” — Carstairs Considers

About the Author

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Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award–winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series. Also nominated for the Macavity and Anthony awards, the series includes Summer of the Big Bachi, Gasa-Gasa Girl, Snakeskin Shamisen, Blood Hinaand Strawberry YellowShe is also the author of the  Ellie Rush series (Berkley). A graduate of Stanford University, Naomi has also written many books about gardening and Japanese American history and culture. Learn more at naomihirahara.com.


Sayonara Slam
A Mas Arai Mystery
May 2016
Paperback ISBN 978-1-938849-73-2
ebook ISBN 978-1-938849-74-9

Blood Hina
A Mas Arai Mystery
September 2013
Paperback ISBN 978-1-938849-19-0
ebook ISBN 978-1-938849-20-6

Strawberry Yellow
A Mas Arai Mystery
March 2013
Paperback ISBN 978-1-938849-02-2
ebook ISBN 978-1-938849-03-9


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