Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai Mystery)

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By Naomi Hirahara

Naomi Hirahara’s first novel features Mas Arai, a stubborn Japanese-American gardener who is also a very unlikely sleuth. His lawnmower blades clean and sharp, his truck carefully tuned. But while Mas keeps lawns neatly trimmed, his own life has gone to seed. His wife is dead. And his livelihood is falling into the hands of the men he once hired by the day. For Mas, a life of sin is catching up to him. And now bachi—the spirit of retribution—is knocking on his door. While investigating a brutal murder he revisits his past and opens old wounds in this taut mystery