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…
In Edgar-winner Hirahara's delightfully original follow-up to 2014's Murder on Bamboo Lane, Ellie Rush, an LAPD bicycle cop, is on routine patrol on Grand Avenue, near the Walt Disney Concert Hall, when gardener Eduardo Fuentes is critically injured after falling down a flight of outdoor stairs. Eduardo later dies in the hospital. His family accuses Fang Xu, the father of classical musician Xu, who had been performing at the Disney Concert Hall, of pushing Eduardo down the stairs. Fang claims he was trying to prevent Eduardo from stealing his son's cello, worth $5 million. Xu is an international star of major importance to China. Although seasoned investigators soon supplant Ellie, she can't help getting involved in the case. Meanwhile, she has her car stolen, helps bust a bicycle-theft ring, and hunts the elusive Old Lady Bandit. Readers will look forward to seeing more of the ambitious Ellie, who both impresses and frustrates her superiors.