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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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Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning author of two mystery series set in Los Angeles. Her Mas Arai series, which features a Hiroshima survivor and gardener, has been translated into Japanese, Korean and French. Her first Mas Arai novel, SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI, is currently being developed into an independent film. A former editor of The Rafu Shimpo newspaper and curator of historical exhibitions, she has also published noir short stories, middle-grade fiction and nonfiction books, including TERMINAL ISLAND: LOST COMMUNITIES OF LOS ANGELES and two biographies for the Japanese American National Museum, including AN AMERICAN SON: THE STORY OF GEORGE ARATANI, FOUNDER OF MIKASA AND KENWOOD. Co-written with Heather Lindquist, a book on the struggles of Japanese Americans after being released from Manzanar concentration camp (LIFE AFTER MANZANAR) was published by Heyday Books in 2018. Her seventh and final Mas Arai mystery, HIROSHIMA BOY, was released the same year. Set to be released in September 2019, her new mystery, ICED IN PARADISE, will follow the adventures of Leilani Santiago, who operates her family’s shave ice business in Kaua’i. She received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University.

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