Sayonara Slam

Sayonara Slam

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"Hirahara has a keen eye for the telling detail and an assured sense of character."
--Los Angeles Times

At Dodger Stadium it's Japan vs. Korea in the World Baseball Classic, but before the first pitch is thrown, Mas Arai finds himself in the middle of a murder. Mysteries layer atop mysteries in this sixth in the award-winning series featuring the most unlikely of sleuths, an aging, widowed, not-exactly-communicative gardener from Altadena, California.

Who is that unusual woman throwing knuckleball pitches to warm up the Japanese team? Who sent thugs to threaten Mas and accuse him of treason? And what were in the deleted files on the murdered sportswriter's computer--and did they hold secrets that led to his death?

The more mysteries Mas uncovers, the deeper he gets drawn into a situation that soon grows dangerous--including the danger of losing the affection of the woman he might someday admit he loves.

"What makes this series unique is its flawed and honorable protagonist. . . . A fascinating insight into a complex and admirable man."
--Booklist (starred review)
Publisher: Altadena, California : Prospect Park Books, c2016
ISBN: 9781938849732
Branch Call Number: FIC Hira
Characteristics: 230 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 20, 2018

Ever since I discovered Naomi Hirahara’s books with main character Mas, I’m a total fan. As soon as I finish one, I wait in anticipation of the next one! When she wrote the two books with the Ellie Rush character, that was like icing on the cake! I hope she’ll write more with Ellie.
All the characters are fully drawn and I enjoy that in each book you learn a little more about Mas and his relationships with friends and family (and where he’s coming from to make him unique) while he reluctantly becomes involved in solving the mystery. Naomi Hirahara has become one of my favorites! 5 stars!


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