Episode 2 – available on June 10th

Naomi Hirahara and Gary Phillips join Les Klinger to discuss their writing processes, diverse mystery books, the world of modern publishing, and much more.

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Naomi Hirahara

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Gary Phillips

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Leslie S. Klinger


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Naomi Hirahara

Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning author of two mystery series set in Southern California. Her Mas Arai series, which features a Hiroshima survivor and Altadena gardener, ended with the publication of Hiroshima Boy in 2018. The books have been translated into Japanese, Korean and French. The first in her Officer Ellie Rush bicycle cop mystery series received the T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award. Her new mystery set in Hawai’i, Iced in Paradise, was released in September 2019. She is currently working on Clark and Division, a historical mystery set in 1944 Chicago which will be published by Soho Crime in 2021. A former editor of The Rafu Shimpo newspaper, she has also published noir short stories, middle-grade fiction and nonfiction history books. She born in Pasadena and currently lives there today.

Hiroshima Boy

L.A. gardener Mas Arai returns to Hiroshima to bring his best friend’s ashes to a relative on the tiny offshore island of Ino, only to become embroiled in the mysterious death of a teenage boy who was about the same age Mas was when he survived the atomic bomb in 1945. The boy’s death affects the elderly, often-curmudgeonly, always-reluctant sleuth, who cannot return home to Los Angeles until he finds a way to see justice served.

Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips drew on his years as a community organizer to write Violent Spring, the first mystery novel set in the aftermath of the ’92 Rodney King riots. Since then he has written various other novels, novellas, short stories, comics, edited anthologies such as the Anthony award-winning the Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir, and was a staff writer on Snowfall, an FX show about crack and the CIA in 1980s South Central where he grew up. Currently he has a short story in Three Room Press’ anthology The Faking of the President: Nineteen Stories of White House Noir, “Y2 Effin’ K.” Scheduled to drop on July 7 is a novel wherein real life North Pole explorer Matthew Henson is re-imagined in the Indiana Jones/Doc Savage mold set in the Roaring ‘20s, Matthew Henson and the Ice Temple of Harlem.

The Be-Bop Barbarians

In the turbulent era of late 1950s Manhattan—with jazz, the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement, and the Red Scare as the volatile ingredients—three groundbreaking black cartoonists defy convention and pay the price. Cliff Murphy is matinee handsome, a light-skinned, straight-haired black man and a comics artist known for his glamour girl art. He’s black uptown and white downtown, and he has an eye for the ladies, and they for him—including his boss’ wife, who knows Cliff’s creation, the Phantom Avenger, is about to be stolen from him.

Leslie S. Klinger

Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, H. P. Lovecraft, Frankenstein, and the history of mystery and horror fiction. His work has received numerous awards and nominations, including the Edgar for Best Critical-Biographical Book in 2005 for The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories and in 2019 for Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s. He is currently nominated for an Anthony for Best Critical/Non-fiction for Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s. He was the technical advisor for Warner Bros. on Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). His introductions and essays have appeared in numerous books, graphic novels, academic journals newspapers, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s

Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s includes House Without a KeyThe Benson Murder CaseThe Roman Hat MysteryRed Harvest, and Little Caesar. Each of the five novels included is presented in its original published form, with extensive historical and cultural annotations and illustrations added by Edgar-winning editor Leslie S. Klinger, allowing the reader to experience the story to its fullest. This gorgeously illustrated volume includes over 100 color and black and white images as well as an introduction by the eminent mystery publisher Otto Penzler.

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Watch Les Klinger as he joins Laurie R. King and David Morrell historical fiction writers

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Les Klinger

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Laurie R. King

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David Morrell


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Leslie S. Klinger

Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, H. P. Lovecraft, Frankenstein, and the history of mystery and horror fiction. Klinger is a long-time member of the Baker Street Irregulars, and served as the Series Editor for the Manuscript Series of The Baker Street Irregulars; he is currently the Series Editor for the BSI’s Biography Series. He served three terms as Chapter President of the SoCal Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and on its National Board.

For the Sake of the Game is the latest volume in the award-winning series from New York Times bestselling editors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, with stories of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and friends in a variety of eras and forms. King and Klinger have a simple formula: ask some of the world’s greatest writers―regardless of genre―to be inspired by the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle.

Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories (from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, named one of the 20th century’s best crime novels by the IMBA, to 2018’s Island of the Mad). She has won an alphabet of prizes from Agatha to Wolfe, been chosen as guest of honor at several crime conventions, and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar and an honorary doctorate in theology. She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010, as “The Red Circle.”

In Laurie’s upcoming book, Rivera Gold, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes find themselves immersed in the social scene of American expatriates, who spend their days on the beach in the Rivera and their evenings in villas filled with music and enthralling conversation. Despite the luxury and leisure, a new mystery arises. Release date is June 9, 2020.

David Morrell

David Morrell is the award-winning author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. Always interested in different ways to tell a story, he wrote the six-part comic-book series, Captain America: The Chosen, the two-part comic-book series, Spider-Man: Frost, and the standalone comic book, Savage Wolverine:Feral. Morrell’s latest novels, Murder as a Fine Art, Inspector of the Dead, and Ruler of the Night are Victorian mystery/thrillers that explore the fascinating world of 1850s London. He is an Edgar, Anthony, Thriller, and Arthur Ellis finalist, a Nero and Macavity winner, and a three-time recipient of the distinguished Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association.

Murder As a Fine Art is the first in a three-book Victorian mystery/thriller series. Each novel has a backdrop of a real 1800s crime that paralyzed England: the Radcliffe Highway mass murders, the numerous attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria, and the first murder on an English train (on 1800s English trains, no one could hear you scream).


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