During the L.A.'s Chinese New Year Parade, rookie bike cop Ellie Rush's day turns dangerous when a murder investigation falls into her lap. Original. 45,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
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. - (Penguin Putnam)
Rookie LAPD bicycle cop Ellie Rush is patrolling porta-potties at the Chinese New Year's festival when a young woman's body is found in a nearby alley, and Ellie identifies her as Jenny Nguyen, a former Pan Pacific West College classmate. Ellie's identification gets the investigation rolling, but it abruptly slows when Jenny's inner circle stonewalls detectives. Ellie, a Japanese American, uses personal time to follow leads mined from her student and Asian community connections while managing her mother's unyielding expectations, her brother's teenage rebellions, and her powerful aunt's ambiguous loyalties. Unexpectedly, Ellie is assigned to assist the official investigation, but celebration of the plum assignment is quashed when she links her own loved ones to the murder and knows she can't let that stop her from nailing Jenny's killer. Like Hirahara's Edgar Award–winning Mas Arai series, this novel features insightful exploration of Los Angeles' Japanese American community and stars a perpetually underestimated protagonist, but Ellie's youthful perspective and two-wheeled perch are delightfully unique, sure to draw a wide range of readers, from young adults to seasoned police-procedural fans. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
Young LAPD bicycle cop Ellie Rush (who is half-white, half-Japanese American) aspires to be a detective; her aunt Cheryl, who is assistant police chief, is her professional idol. When a former college acquaintance, Jenny Nguyen, is murdered—and Ellie is one of the officers who find her in an alley—she is assigned to help investigate. While blame initially falls on Tuan Le, Jenny's former boyfriend, other aspects of Jenny's life come to the fore. Jenny was devastated by her mother's untimely death back in Vietnam, plus she was angry about something related to her work for the U.S. Census Bureau. (Apparently, she had dug up suspicious facts about local councilmen.) Ellie makes mistakes that almost let a killer get away, but the key word here is "almost." VERDICT Scoop this one up! Known for her "Mas Arai" series (Summer of the Big Bachi), Hirahara's new series debut strikes just the right tone, neatly tuned into the twentysomething set. Her multiethnic cast promises a fascinating future for a cozy series tangling with serious topics.
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