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Naomi Hirahara

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Naomi Hirahara writes stories in the form of mystery novels, noir story stories, middle-grade fiction, historical nonfiction and personal essay. The third in her Mas Arai mystery series, SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN, won an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Paperback Original. The first, SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI, will be published in France in 2015 as LA MALEDICTION D'UN JARDINIER KIBEI. The first in her Officer Ellie Rush bicycle cop series, MURDER ON BAMBOO LANE, won the T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award. She, her husband and Jack Russell dog live happily in her birthplace of Pasadena, California.

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1001 Cranes

3.74 avg rating — 495 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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Summer of the Big Bachi (Ma...

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Murder on Bamboo Lane (An O...

3.76 avg rating — 389 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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Gasa-Gasa Girl (Mas Arai, #2)

3.65 avg rating — 268 ratings — published 2005 — 9 editions
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Snakeskin Shamisen (Mas Ara...

3.66 avg rating — 228 ratings — published 2006 — 9 editions
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Blood Hina (Mas Arai, #4)

3.72 avg rating — 185 ratings — published 2010 — 9 editions
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Grave on Grand Avenue (An O...

3.79 avg rating — 173 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
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Strawberry Yellow (Mas Arai...

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Sayonara Slam (Mas Arai #6)

3.85 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 2016 — 3 editions
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Hiroshima Boy (Mas Arai #7)

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"Naomi Hirahara’s new Officer Ellie Rush series is a gem. Murder on Bamboo Lane (love the title!) introduces us to Ellie Rush, a rookie LAPD bicycle cop. Ellie is half Japanese and half American and has a touch of melancholy. She’s not a detective,..." Read more of this review »
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“You're a "chibi", and nobody notices you." Halfway good-looking people, according to Ricki, blended into the crowd. They never left any kind of strong impression. They were bland and anonymous. Ugly people, on the other hand, with fleshy noses or thin lips, always attracted attention.”
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“He needed to find that hard place inside that would center him like the middle of a compass. Throughout his life, the needle would point in various directions, but he would have to know where he stood.”
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“I know you feel that everything's been taken away from you. But you'll get things back. It just won't be quite like before. But it'll still be good.”
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message 4: by Naomi

Naomi Hi, Beth.

We haven't met, but you were one of the mystery authors who inspired me to join Facebook (maybe through Murder Must Advertise). I think that you were one of my first FB friends! Maybe we'll meet each other in person at Left Coast Crime. Forgive me for taking so long to reply via goodreads. Still learning this all.


message 3: by Naomi

Naomi Trying to be on top of all these social networking sites! I always feel that I'm a bit behind.


message 2: by Beth

Beth Hi Naomi,
Thanks for sending a friend request to this fellow mystery author on Goodreads. I'm happy to befriend you here as well as elsewhere!


message 1: by Zoë

Zoë Sharp Hi Naomi. Thanks so much for Friending me. Lovely to catch up with you here. Happy Holidays to you. Hope the writing's going well.


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