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Killer Roll

Chapter One — Henna Otoko

Naomi Hirahara

Yudai is gone tonight, so I’m in charge again. The third night in a row. I’m tired; I notice some dark circles around my eyes this morning and apply a heavier layer of Shiseido concealer. I try to pretend that it magically works to transform me into a ...

Trouble on Temple Street: An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery

Chapter 12

Naomi Hirahara

He’s standing about a foot away from me. He holds his right hand behind his back. Could he have some sort of weapon?

Trouble on Temple Street: An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery

Chapter 11

Naomi Hirahara

“Grandma, let me see that log book.”

Trouble on Temple Street: An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery

Chapter 10

Naomi Hirahara

When Aunt Cheryl and I arrive on Cortez’s floor at USC L.A. General Hospital, I feel my heart both rising and sinking at the same time. Rising because Cortez has come out of his coma. Sinking because I don’t know if I’ll be allowed to see ...

Trouble on Temple Street: An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery

Chapter 9

Naomi Hirahara

“What?” I say, my voice rising as the din at Bottega Louie gets louder with the “ladies who lunch” crowd.

Trouble on Temple Street: An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery

Chapter 8

Naomi Hirahara

I know that my boyfriend, Cortez Williams, will say I’m crazy. But he’s in a medically induced coma at USC General Hospital and has no say.

Trouble on Temple Street: An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery

Chapter 7

Naomi Hirahara

I press the buzzer by the door of a small brick building.

Trouble on Temple Street: An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery

Chapter 6

Naomi Hirahara

I’ve only said I love you to two men—well, other than my dad and he doesn’t really count. One of them was my college boyfriend, Benjamin Choi, and the other one is Cortez Williams. Cortez is currently on an operating room table while I’m sitting like ...

Trouble on Temple Street: An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery

Chapter 5

Naomi Hirahara

You can get the wrong idea from TV police shows. Officers discharge their weapons multiple times in every episode, when the truth is, most of us never fire our guns in the line of duty, even in a big city like Los Angeles. And for homicide detectives like my boyfriend ...

Trouble on Temple Street: An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery

Chapter 4

Naomi Hirahara

It’s past midnight and someone’s turning the key to my double-lock on my front door. I know who it is and even Shippo doesn’t bother to get out of his doggy bed.

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Yay, gasagasa girls and guys unite! I'm Naomi and I've watched the Japanese American National Museum grow up from its temporary offices in what is now called the Arts District. I made one of the best professional decisions of my life when I decided to work for The Rafu Shimpo, the largest Japanese American newspaper in the U.S., as first a reporter and later an editor of the English Section. I'm a 2.5 or Nisei han; my mother is from Hiroshima, while my father was a Kibei Nisei. I spent a year at the Inter-University Center of Advanced Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo, so I can make my way in Japan. Since leaving the newspaper, I've been writing nonfiction books, mostly revolving the experience of Japanese Americans, mystery novels and middle-grade fiction. The third book in my Mas Arai mystery series, SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN, won an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Paperback Original. As Mas Arai is a Kibei Nisei gardener, I'm so happy that his stories have reached a mainstream readership. My new mystery series involving a young female hapa bicycle cop made its debut in 2014 with MURDER ON BAMBOO LANE.

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  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
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