NCIS alum Mark Harmon, known for his role as Leroy Jethro Gibbs, is co-authoring a non-fiction book titled "Ghosts of Honolulu: A Japanese Spy, A Japanese American Spy Hunter, and the Untold Story of Pearl Harbor." The book, which will be published by Harper Select, revolves around the real-life NCIS operation during the time of Pearl Harbor in 1941. It focuses on the story of Japanese-American spy Douglas Wada and Japanese spy Takeo Yoshikawa in Hawaii.
Mark Harmon collaborated with former NCIS Special Agent Leon Carroll, Jr., who served as the technical advisor on the CBS show for the past two decades. The book aims to shed light on the history and real stories behind NCIS, as well as the often unknown work of its agents. Harmon expressed his motivation to share this information, stating that when he started the show, there was limited research material available.
The book provides an inside look into the inner workings of NCIS and its mission beyond the typical homicide investigations depicted on the TV show. By exploring counterintelligence operations, it emphasizes the agency's role in national security. The publication of "Ghosts of Honolulu" marks the beginning of a planned series that aims to reveal more about the agency.
Matt Baugher, the publisher at Harper Select, praised Harmon and Carroll Jr. for bringing the past alive in a true story that reads like a novel while highlighting the debt owed to those who have safeguarded freedom.
Mark Harmon, a UCLA graduate, has had a successful career in television, including notable roles in shows like St. Elsewhere and Chicago Hope. He is also recognized as People's Sexiest Man Alive in 1986. Personally, Harmon has been married to actress Pam Dawber for 36 years and has two sons, Sean and Ty.
Having concluded his 19-season run on NCIS, Harmon has ventured into writing, contributing to this non-fiction book that delves into the historical events and characters associated with NCIS.