An unexpected parcel came to my door in Tokyo today: my author copies of the eighth Hiro Hattori mystery, FIRES OF EDO, which releases on February 15 from Seventh Street Books!

New books! Isn’t that cover great!

Here’s a little about the book:

Edo, February 1566: When a samurai’s corpse is discovered in the ruins of a burned-out bookshop, master ninja Hiro Hattori and Jesuit Father Mateo must determine whether the shopkeeper and his young apprentice are innocent victims or assassins in disguise. The investigation quickly reveals dangerous ties to Hiro’s past, which threaten not only Edo’s fledgling booksellers’ guild, but the very survival of Hiro’s ninja clan. With an arsonist on the loose, and a murderer stalking the narrow streets, Hiro and Father Mateo must save the guild—and themselves—from a conflagration that could destroy them all.

Like all of the books in the series, FIRES OF EDO is designed to stand alone, even though it also continues the ongoing adventures of ninja detective Hiro Hattori and his Portuguese Jesuit sidekick, Father Mateo. This book is particularly special to me because it’s the first Hiro Hattori mystery I wrote while living in (rather than merely taking research trips to) Japan. I’ll share more about the inspiration behind the book in the days and weeks to come…but if you’re a fan of ninjas, Japanese culture, or page-turning mysteries, I hope you’ll check out one of these pre-order links and get a copy for yourself!

Pre-order via IndieBound

Pre-order via Barnes & Noble

Pre-order on Amazon

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