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The Apprentice

Libby, Lewis

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ISBN 10: 1555972454 / ISBN 13: 9781555972455
Published by Graywolf Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1996
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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This gripping novel of suspense is a highly original debut set against the unique background of Japan's secluded snow country. Dust jacket corner price clipped. Now that Libby is so much in the news, there's a veritable feeding frenzy for this book. Size: 6 1/4" x 9 1/4" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 011127

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Title: The Apprentice

Publisher: Graywolf Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Printing.

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At a remote mountain inn in the northernmost reaches of Japan, a raging blizzard has brought together wayfarers who share only fear, distrust, and suspicion of one another. In the winter of 1903, the country is beset with smallpox and war is brewing between Japan and Russia. Strangers have been seen in the woods surrounding the inn and the small village nearby.
In the flickering shadows of the crowded rooms, the apprentice, charged with running the inn during the owner's absence, finds himself strongly attracted to one of the performers lodged there. His involvement with the mysterious travelers plunges him headlong into a snow-clouded arena of violence and passion. Murder, first love, and heart-stopping chases through the snow drive the apprentice deeper into the entangled plottings of his enigmatic guests.


Setsuo is a young apprentice at a remote mountain inn in turn-of-the-century Japan, who falls in love at first sight of the beautiful Yukiko, one of a roving band of actors who have come to stay. Trapped at the inn by a blizzard is a larger group of strange travelers. Emotionally wrought by his feelings for Yukiko, Setsuo cannot see that he is getting involved in political skulduggery as he tries to fathom the increasingly odd behavior of the guests. The finding of a corpse and a mysterious small box keep the reader guessing too.

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