Naomi Hirahara
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Naomi Hirahara

Naomi Hirahara, born and raised in Southern California, is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series, which features a Japanese American gardener and atomic-bomb survivor who solves crimes (SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI, GASA-GASA GIRL, SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN, BLOOD HINA and STRAWBERRY YELLOW). Books in this series have been translated into Japanese, Korean and French (September 2015 publication date).

MURDER ON BAMBOO LANE, her new mystery series with a female twentysomething LAPD bicycle cop, was released with Berkley Prime Crime in spring 2014. Her next in the series, A GRAVE ON GRAND AVENUE, was released in April 2015.

She also has penned a middle-grade novel, 1001 CRANES, which was chosen as an Honor Book for the Youth Literature of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in 2009.

A former editor of the largest Japanese American newspaper in the U.S., she also has released a number of nonfiction works. A number of her short stories have been included in various anthologies.

For more information, go to her website, www.naomihirahara.com.

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    • Summer of the Big Bachi

    • By: Naomi Hirahara
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    A spellbinding mystery played out from war-torn Japan to the rich tidewaters of LA's multicultural landscape, this stunning debut novel weaves a powerful tale of family and loyalty....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A mystery with its roots in WWII

    • By Kindle Customer on 04-10-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Gasa-Gasa Girl

    • By: Naomi Hirahara
    • Narrated by: Yoshi Amao
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    From the time she was a child, Mas Arai’s daughter, Mari, was completely gasa-gasa - never sitting still, always on the go, getting into everything. But an anxious phone call from Mari asking for his help plunges the usually obstinate Mas into a series of startling situations....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Hiroshima Boy

    • By: Naomi Hirahara
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    LA gardener Mas Arai returns to Hiroshima to bring his best friend’s ashes to a relative on the tiny offshore island of Ino, only to become 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....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Snakeskin Shamisen

    • By: Naomi Hirahara
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    Few things get Mas more excited than gambling, so when he hears about a $500,000 win - from a novelty slot machine! - he's torn between admiration and derision....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Sayonara Slam

    • By: Naomi Hirahara
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Japan faces Korea in the World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium, and curmudgeonly gardener Mas Arai finds himself embroiled in a murder....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Strawberry Yellow

    • By: Naomi Hirahara
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    In Strawberry Yellow, he returns to the strawberry farms of his youth and encounters family intrigue, danger, and murder....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Blood Hina

    • By: Naomi Hirahara
    • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
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      5 out of 5 stars 8
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      5 out of 5 stars 7

    Mas Arai's best friend, Haruo, is getting married, and he has grudgingly agreed to serve as best man. But when an ancient Japanese doll display of Haruo's fiance goes missing....

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