Normal 0 This is the first crime fiction novel I have read that features an LAPD bicycle cop and hopefully it won’t be my last. Hirahara has definitely carved out a niche for herself with this smart and appealing new series featuring Ellie Rush, a likeable rookie who patrols downtown Los Angeles on her trustworthy bike. When Ellie’s former college classmate, Jenny Nguyen, is found dead, Ellie takes it upon herself to uncover the truth for both personal and professional reasons. What she finds is a possible political conspiracy that reaches all the way to Vietnam and everyone seems to have their own reason for wanting Jenny dead. Not only does Hirahara paint a vivid picture of Los Angeles’s multicultural neighborhoods, from Chinatown to Highland Park, but she’s created a compelling hero whom I definitely want to see more of.
Trouble awaits rookie LAPD Officer Ellie Rush as she patrols the mean streets of Los Angeles on her bicycle…
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.
About the Author
Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar® Award-winning author of the Mas Arai Mysteries. Born and raised in Pasadena, Naomi received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University and studied at the Inter-University Center for Advanced Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo. She worked as a reporter and editor of The Rafu Shimpo in downtown Los Angeles. She is also the author of 1001 Cranes and has written, edited, and published several nonfiction books, largely about the Japanese American experience. She lives with her husband in Southern California.
"Ellie is a detective of a different sort. Young and resolutely urban, she represents Los Angeles as it is, rather than as it was."—Los Angeles Times
”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)