Sano Ichiro is back again, this time as a brand-new special investigator who reports directly to the Shogun, a position that has made him quite some powerful enemies!
His first task, to solve the ritual murders that are plaging the city. As more people die, the suspects are narrowed to a small group of four, all with equal motive and potentially twisted minds, and all powerful enough to make Sano's life a nightmare if he continues his pusuit!
After "Shinju", the first book on the series, the author astonish us again with a really believable reconstruction of 17th century japan in the city of Kyoto. Plot is interesting and keeps you holding your breath till the end, although the psychology stuff is a bit crude. A book to recommend.