Bike cop Ellie Rush dreams of becoming a homicide detective, but it’s still a shock when the first dead body she encounters on the job is that of a former college classmate.
At the behest of her Aunt Cheryl, the highest-ranking Asian-American officer in the LAPD (a source of pride for Ellie’s grandmother, but annoyance to her mom), Ellie becomes tangled in the investigation of the coed’s murder—with equal parts help and hindrance from her nosy best friend, her over-involved ex-boyfriend, a smoldering detective, and seemingly everyone else in her extended family…only to uncover secrets that a killer may go to any lengths to ensure stay hidden.
”The most original mystery I’ve encountered in many years.”—Sujata Massey, author of the Rei Shimura mysteries
“One of the warmest, most realistic characters to hit crime fiction in a long time.”—Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Heist
“Delivers seamless writing, interesting characters, the right touch of romance, social commentary…the list goes on.”—Sheila Connolly, New York
Times bestselling author of the County Cork Mysteries
“A great series opener! Ellie Rush…is smart and tough…Hirahara paints a mesmerizing portrait of the Los Angeles she knows so well.”—Henry Chang, author of Chinatown Beat
“A total home run, a crackling mystery.”—Timothy Hallinan, Edgar-nominated author of the Poke Rafferty and Junior Bender mysteries
Praise for the Mas Arai Mysteries
“A thoughtful and highly entertaining read.”—Library Journal (Starred Review)
“This perfectly balanced gem deserves a wide readership.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)