Mysterious Galaxy is happy (and sad) to be hosting Naomi Hirahara to celebrate the final (hence sad) book in the Mas Arai series, Hiroshima Boy. While on a trip to return his friend’s ashes to a relative on the Japanese island of Ino, Mas Arai becomes wrapped up in the death of a teenage boy. Mas feels he cannot return to his home in LA until the murder is solved, as the boy reminds him of his time in Hiroshima after surviving the atomic bomb in 1945. Jacqueline Winspear has praised the conclusion to this series as “...a wonderful finale to a fine mystery series. Kudos to Naomi Hirahara.”
Naomi has also written several books in the Ellie Rush mystery series, in addition to several non-fiction titles about Japanese-American culture and gardening. Her work has won several awards, including Publishers Weekly's Best Book of the Year Award and the Chicago Tribune’s Ten Best Mysteries and Thrillers. She resides in Southern California with her husband.
LA gardener Mas Arai returns to Hiroshima to bring his best friend's ashes to a relative on the tiny offshore island of Ninoshima, 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. The boy's death affects the elderly, often-curmudgeonly, always-reluctant sleuth, who cannot return home to Los Angeles until he finds a way to see justice served.
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 computerand 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 dangerousincluding the danger of losing the affection of the woman he might someday admit he loves.
Ellie stops for a friendly chat with gardener Eduardo Fuentes while patroling one of Los Angeles's premier concert halls. A few minutes later she's shocked to discover him lying at the bottom of a staircase, clinging to life and whispering something indecipherable. Nearby, the father of Xu, a Chinese classical musician superstar, claims Fuentes was knocked down while attempting to steal his son's multi-million dollar cello, a story Ellie has trouble believing. Meanwhile, Ellie has issues of her own to deal with, like the curious theft of her car, a 1969 Buick Skylark. But after the gardener takes his last breath and Xu mysteriously disappears, it's clear to Ellie that she must act quickly before someone else falls silent.