A Mas Arai Mystery
By Naomi Hirahara


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ISBN 978-1-938849-73-2
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PREVIEW SAYONARA SLAM: Sayonara Slam—Chapter One

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September 2013
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ebook ISBN 978-1-938849-20-6

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Paperback ISBN 978-1-938849-02-2
ebook ISBN 978-1-938849-03-9

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“Hirahara has a keen eye for the telling detail and an assured sense of character.”
Los Angeles Times

Trouble at Dodger Stadium

At Dodger Stadium it’s Japan vs. Korea in the World Baseball Classic, but before the first pitch is thrown, Mas Arai finds himself in the middle of a murder. Mysteries layer atop mysteries in this sixth in the award-winning series featuring the most unlikely of sleuths, an aging, widowed, not-exactly-communicative gardener from Altadena, California.

Who is that unusual woman throwing knuckleball pitches to warm up the Japanese team? Who sent thugs to threaten Mas and accuse him of treason? And what were in the deleted files on the murdered sportswriter’s computer—and did they hold secrets that led to his death?

The more mysteries Mas uncovers, the deeper he gets drawn into a situation that soon grows dangerous—including the danger of losing the affection of the woman he might someday admit he loves.

“What makes this series unique is its flawed and honorable protagonist. . . . A fascinating insight into a complex and admirable man.”
Booklist (starred review)

Sayonara Slam was selected as one of CBC Radio’s picks for this season’s best crime fiction, and was designated a “perfect summer read!” Click to listen to the full radio segment about crime fiction: “The Next Chapter,” hosted by Shelagh Rodgers.

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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 new 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 is a
Home Run!

“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

“Another compelling Mas Arai murder mystery, this time framed through the game of baseball. With reference to the early days of the sport in Japan via Babe Ruth’s visit in 1934 and the internment leagues begun in the American desert behind barbed wire by Kenichi Zenimura, the story climaxes in the contemporary confines of Dodger Stadium. The unraveling of the clues to the murder puts a new spin on an old pastime.”
— Terry Cannon, executive director of the Baseball Reliquary