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Snakeskin Shamisen

(2006)
(The third book in the Mas Arai series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original (nominee)
From Summer of the Big Bachi to Gasa-Gasa Girl, Naomi Hirahara's acclaimed novels have featured one of mystery fiction's most unique heroes: Mas Arai, a curmudgeonly L.A. gardener, Hiroshima survivor, and inveterate gambler.

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. But the stakes are quickly raised when the winner, a friend of Mas's pal G. I. Hasuike, is found stabbed to death just days later. The last thing Mas wants to do is stick his nose in someone else's business, but at G.I.'s prodding he reluctantly agrees to follow the trail of a battered snakeskin shamisen (a traditional Okinawan musical instrument) left at the scene of the crime…and suddenly finds himself caught up in a dark mystery that reaches from the islands of Okinawa to the streets of L.A. - a world of heartbreaking memories, deception, and murder.

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Used availability for Naomi Hirahara's Snakeskin Shamisen

Paperback Editions

March 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Snakeskin Shamisen
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
ISBN: 1-59722-397-2 / 978-1-59722-397-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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April 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Snakeskin Shamisen
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
ISBN: 0-385-33961-5 / 978-0-385-33961-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delta
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Snakeskin Shamisen
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
ISBN: 1-5226-0678-5 / 978-1-5226-0678-9
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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March 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Snakeskin Shamisen
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Snakeskin Shamisen
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Snakeskin Shamisen
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2006 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Snakeskin Shamisen
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
Publisher: Delta
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA