Books by Naomi Hirahara

Naomi Hirahara is a freelance writer and journalist who served for several years as an editor of The Rafu Shimpo, the largest Japanese-American daily newspaper. The daughter of an L.A. gardener and atom-bomb survivor, she lives in Pasadena, CA. She is the


SAYONARA SLAM by Naomi Hirahara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2016

"Written with heart, depth, and pace, Hirahara's sixth case (Strawberry Yellow, 2013, etc.) is hard to put down."
LA's most unassuming and underestimated amateur sleuth investigates a sportswriter's death. Read full book review >
STRAWBERRY YELLOW by Naomi Hirahara
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 5, 2013

"Mas' fifth case (Blood Hina, 2010, etc.) has both depth and an intricate whodunit, weaving flashbacks of the sleuth's complicated youth with the starker contemporary reality of buried resentments and revenge."
Family turmoil draws an elderly part-time California sleuth back into action and triggers a sometimes-uncomfortable trip down Memory Lane. Read full book review >
BLOOD HINA by Naomi Hirahara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2010

"Aging and financially struggling Mas Arai's fourth case (Snakeskin Shamisen, 2006, etc.) is shaggy but very engaging, written with heart and depth, and starring an Everyman for our time."
Elderly Los Angeles gardener Mas Arai turns unlikely sleuth again to help a friend in distress. Read full book review >
1001 CRANES by Naomi Hirahara
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"Well-written and episodic, this is an easy read that seeks to explain how relationships work or don't, and to reassure readers that it is possible to survive even the worst. (Fiction. 10 & up)"
Relationships aren't easy. Read full book review >
SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN by Naomi Hirahara
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 25, 2006

"Hirahara's complex and compassionate portrait of a contemporary American subculture enhances her mystery, and vice versa."
Mas Arai's probe of a restaurant murder stretches back 50 years to old secrets. Read full book review >
GASA-GASA GIRL by Naomi Hirahara
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 29, 2005

"Hirahara's second series effort (Summer of the Big Bachi, 2004) brings heart and elegance to a nifty whodunit."
In the process of solving a murder mystery, an elderly Japanese-American begins to rebuild the strained relationship with his only daughter. Read full book review >
SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI by Naomi Hirahara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2004

"Given the immensely promising background, there's surprisingly little mystery here. But debut novelist Hirahara's prismatic writing nails a Japanese-American subculture and a troubled past few of her readers have ever confronted directly."
Fifty years and more after Hiroshima, another bomb ticks away among the Japanese survivors in L.A. Read full book review >