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Rowland, Laura Joh.

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ISBN 10: 0312192525 / ISBN 13: 9780312192525
Published by St. Martin's Press., NY:, 1998
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Publisher: St. Martin's Press., NY:

Publication Date: 1998

Edition: 1st edition

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Twenty months spent as the shogun's sosakan-sama--most honorable investigator of events, situations, and people--has left Sano Ichiro weary. He looks forward to the comforts that his arranged marriage promises: a private life with a sweet, submissive wife and a month's holiday to celebrate their union. However, the death of the shogun's favorite concubine interrupts the couple's wedding ceremony and shatters any hopes the samurai detective had about enjoying a little peace with his new wife.

After Sano traces the cause of Lady Harume's death to a self-inflicted tattoo, he must travel into the cloistered, forbidden world of the shogun's women to untangle the complicated web of Harume's lovers, rivals, and troubled past, and identify her killer.

To make matters worse, Reiko, his beautiful young bride, reveals herself to be not a traditional, obedient wife, but instead, a headstrong, intelligent, aspiring detective bent on helping Sano with his new case. Sano is horrified at her unladylike behavior, and the resulting sparks make their budding love as exciting as they mystery surrounding Lady Harume's death.

Amid the heightened tensions and political machinations of feudal Japan. Sano faces a daunting complex investigation.

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Praise for Laura Joh Rowland:

"Rowland is a sturdy, persuasive storyteller, and will worth keeping an eye on." --Washington Post Book World on Shinju

"This impressive first novel features a plot that's perfectly adapted to it historical background: Sano's growing fear of humiliation and dishonor comes across more keenly than any other contemporary setting would allow." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Shinju

"An appealing character in a fascinating setting in a book enhanced by creative plotting and highly professional writing." --Washington Times on Bundori

"Bundori is one of those mysteries in which the itch to find out whodunit recedes before the pleasures of prowling through a different world." --Washington Post Book World

"It's a fascinating, detailed, colorful, and addictive world that Rowland has created for her detective--and for her readers. The lines are as fine as those on a scroll--each beautiful on its own, together creating an intricately patterned whole." --The Times-Picayune on The Way of the Traitor

"Like Umberto Eco's classic, The Name of the Rose, Rowland's novel is an excellent whodunit. Highly recommended for all mystery fans." --Booklist on The Way of the Traitor

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