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Summer of the Big Bachi

(2004)
(The first book in the Mas Arai series)
A novel by

 
 
In the foothills of Pasadena, Mas Arai is just another Japanese-American gardener, his lawnmower blades clean and sharp, his truck carefully tuned. But while Mas keeps lawns neatly trimmed, his own life has gone to seed. His wife is dead. And his livelihood is falling into the hands of the men he once hired by the day. For Mas, a life of sin is catching up to him. And now bachi—the spirit of retribution—is knocking on his door.

It begins when a stranger comes around, asking questions about a nurseryman who once lived in Hiroshima, a man known as Joji Haneda. By the end of the summer, Joji will be dead and Mas's own life will be in danger. For while Mas was building a life on the edge of the American dream, he has kept powerful secrets: about three friends long ago, about two lives entwined, and about what really happened when the bomb fell on Hiroshima in August 1945.

A spellbinding mystery played out from war-torn Japan to the rich tidewaters of L.A.'s multicultural landscape, this stunning debut novel weaves a powerful tale of family, loyalty, and the price of both survival and forgiveness.

Genre: Mystery

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Paperback Editions

January 2008 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai)
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
ISBN: 0-440-24154-5 / 978-0-440-24154-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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January 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Summer of the Big Bachi
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
ISBN: 1-59722-401-4 / 978-1-59722-401-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc
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March 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai)
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
ISBN: 0-385-33759-0 / 978-0-385-33759-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delta
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai)
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
ISBN: 1-5226-6083-6 / 978-1-5226-6083-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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March 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Summer of the Big Bachi
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Summer of the Big Bachi
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Summer of the Big Bachi
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
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Kindle Editions

March 2004 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai Book 1)
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
Publisher: Delta
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