By Naomi Hirahara

Coming March 2018

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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

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

Advance Praise for Hiroshima Boy

“I’ve always admired Naomi Hirahara’s Mas Arai. A brilliant, unique addition to mystery fiction from the very beginning, his character has straddled time, place, and culture, with roots in one of the most terrible acts of violence war has ever inflicted upon humanity. And Mas has prevailed while growing older in a country that does not always value the wisdom of its elders, or those who work with their hands. This may be the last entry in the series (really?), but I am sure readers will come to love Mas for years to come—he is one of a kind. Hiroshima Boy is a wonderful finale to a fine mystery series. Kudos to Naomi Hirahara.”
Jacqueline Winspear, author of the New York Times–bestselling Maisie Dobbs mysteries

“With Hiroshima Boy, Naomi Hirahara offers readers another fine, artfully understated story about a man who believes himself to be average, yet is anything but. Carrying the ashes of his deceased best friend, Mas Arai returns to Hiroshima, where he spent his childhood and was witness to the bomb that devastated the city and its populace. When Mas stumbles onto the body of a murdered boy, what began as a simple mission to keep a recent promise becomes a complex journey in understanding the past. Like a Zen poet, Hirahara creates a quiet surface with a powerful storm beneath. The novel purports to be the last in this Edgar Award–winning series. We can only hope that Naomi Hirahara has a change of heart.”
William Kent Krueger, New York Times–bestselling author of Ordinary Grace and the Cork O’Connor mysteries

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.