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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (25 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845299043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845299040
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An exotic and beguiling mystery story; a tour de force of imagination. --Robert Harris

Intriguing... an interesting... exciting tale. --New York Times Book Review

'Nearly impossible to put down.' - The Washington Post Book World <br/><br/> 'Rowland... shows sure command of her background material and demonstrates that she is a writer of depth and potential.' - --Publishers Weekly

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The fantastic first book in Laura Joh Rowland's 17th Century mystery series featuring Sano Ichiro

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alitxu on 2 Jan. 2001
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Ichiro Sano has just been appointed to a priced position in the Shogun's police force. Pushed by the social ambitions of his ruined family, bound by his honor to the powerful man who recommended him and shunned by his companions (who had all inherited their positions), he is under the unbearable pressure to do well and to obey without question.
The problem is that Sano has a questioning mind, and his first case, a Shinju (double ritual suicide of two lovers) is not as clear as it appears. Sano has to chose between his duty and his instincts as invertigator, and in 17th century honor-bound-japan, he might lose everything, even if he proves right!
Very believable plot and the author really makes you feel like you are in 17th century Japan. It would be better if the main caracter was a bit more self-confident. Sometimes I dispair of a happy ending with all his whining!
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By Steins-brother on 14 Nov. 2013
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I went about looking for something different to read, when I saw this I gave it a go and was pleasantly surprised.

Being very interested in Japanese culture and history this book is very enjoyable, not having read too many mysteries myself make it even better.
Focused around a young detective Sano Ichiro he begins investigating an apparent double suicide which turns out to be more then it appears, set in the back drop of the 1600's it gives a very detailed view of life in those times. As I have mentioned if your not really into crime mysteries then this may or may not be for you but it is certainly a good read and doesn't expect you to be knowledgeable about the period or history as the majority is explained very well for everyone.

When I finished this I brought the next five, and am glad there is still more to go as I have enjoyed them all so far.
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An excellent book, with a plot and action which makes it hard to put down. Chief Investigator Sano is an interesting character, focussed on the search for truth despite all obstacles. And the city of Edo, its people and its landscape are brought to life by a skilled writer. This is the first of her books I've read, and the first of the series - I've already ordered the next. Highly recommended.
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By col on 15 Feb. 2013
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I did quite enjoy the book, I like reading historical novels and Shinju I thought gave an insight to life in 17 century Japan
the murder story its self was fairly ordinary but was enough to keep me interested,
the condition of the book was "used but good" and I have no complaints.
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