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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).

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, will be 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.

Genres: Mystery, General Fiction
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
   Distinguished Asian American Business Leaders (2002)
   Life after Manzanar (2018) (with Art Hansen and Heather C Lindquist)
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2007) : Snakeskin Shamisen
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2019) : Hiroshima Boy

Naomi Hirahara recommends
The Spy on the Tennessee Walker (2015)
(Maggie Fiori, book 3)
Linda Lee Peterson
"This spot will soon be filled with high praise from an acclaimed and Edgar Award-winning writer of two mystery series."
An Old Man's Game (2019)
(Amos Parisman Mystery, book 1)
Andy Weinberger
"Andy Weinberger has created an absolutely charming private investigator that readers will follow from book to book. L.A.'s Fairfax District--get ready for your close-up!"

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