Tuesday, October 3, 2023

NCIS star Mark Harmon to share secrets of police procedural as he announces new project


A non-fiction book that Mark Harmon co-wrote describes the world of NCIS’ predecessor decades before the CBS police drama.

An upcoming nonfiction book about the Second World War operation run by the ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence), the forerunner of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, is written by NCIS veteran Mark Harmon.

The 71-year-old collaborated on the book with former Special Agent and tech advisor Leon Carroll Jr., who will provide extensive insight into how NCIS was established.

In a tribute to the CBS drama, Harmon lauded NCIS for shedding light on the illustrious organization.

In a statement, Harmon said: “I feel compelled to take part in revealing the history and true story of what gave rise to NCIS.

“There wasn’t a lot of information available when I first started this show, according to research.

“NCIS agents are top-tier public servants, and many have come and gone in this life without anyone knowing who they are or what they do. That tale is now being told. All thanks to a TV program.

After researching “long-buried historical documents,” Harmon and Carroll Jr.’s narrative non-fiction tells the tale of two men.

The first is Takeo Yoshikawa, a Japanese spy who was sent to Pearl Harbor to gather intelligence on the US fleet, and the second is Douglas Wada, the sole Japanese American agent in naval intelligence.

Wada pretended to be an undercover newspaper reporter while he translated wiretaps on the Japanese Consulate and questioned the first POW taken prisoner by the United States during World War II.

Yoshikawa, on the other hand, served as a junior diplomat with the consulate and gathered data to deliver to Admiral Yamamoto of the Japanese Navy.

The novel, Ghosts of Honolulu, tells the story of “the world-changing cat-and-mouse games played between Japanese and U.S. military intelligence agents.”

“I hope this book will give readers a different look at NCIS as an agency and that we are much more than the homicide-of-the-week,” Carroll Jr. said in reference to their project.

“Their name NCIS was given to the organization when it was chartered in 1992, 90 years after ONI was founded, to emphasize its criminal mission…

“This book is intended to be the first of a series that will give an inside look into the inner workings of accomplishing that mission.”

Sadly, Harmon hasn’t been seen since leaving his role as Agent Leroy Gibbs in the middle of season 19, when he moved to Alaska to begin a new life.

Harmon is still an executive producer of NCIS, which will return for season 21 later this year despite his departure.

On November 14, Amazon Prime Video will release Ghosts of Honolulu: A Japanese Spy, A Japanese American Spy Hunter, and the Untold Story of Pearl Harbor.


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