LAPD bicycle cop-and aspiring homicide detective-Ellie Rush is back on patrol in the newest mystery from the award-winning author of Murder on Bamboo Lane.
Ellie stops for a friendly chat with gardener Eduardo Fuentes while patrolling one of Los Angeles's premier concert halls. A few minutes later she's shocked to discover him lying at the bottom of a staircase, clinging to life and whispering something indecipherable. Nearby, the father of Xu, a Chinese superstar classical musician, claims Fuentes was knocked down while attempting to steal his son's multimillion-dollar cello-a story Ellie has trouble believing.
Meanwhile Ellie has issues of her own to deal with-like the curious theft of her car, a 1969 Pontiac Skylark. But after the gardener takes his last breath and Xu mysteriously disappears, it's clear to Ellie she must act quickly before someone else falls silent...
“"Ellie is a detective of a different sort. Young and resolutely urban."- Los Angeles Times Praise for Murder on Bamboo Lane "One of the warmest, most realistic characters to hit crime fiction in a long time."-Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author "A well-constructed whodunit."- The Japan Times "Scoop this one up!" - Library Journal "Highly entertaining…Readers will want to see more of Ellie, who provides a fresh perspective on LA's rich ethnic mix."- Publishers Weekly”
"Ellie is a detective of a different sort. Young and resolutely urban."--Los Angeles Times Praise for Murder on Bamboo Lane
"One of the warmest, most realistic characters to hit crime fiction in a long time."--Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author
"A well-constructed whodunit."--The Japan Times
"Scoop this one up!" --Library Journal
"Highly entertaining...Readers will want to see more of Ellie, who provides a fresh perspective on LA's rich ethnic mix."--Publishers Weekly
NAOMI HIRAHARA is an independent writer and editor.