4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2001
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.
on 10 July 2012
This book is a wonderful read, giving a good look into Japan four hundred years ago.
The story itself is a good who-done-it which is sadly a little slow in places, but thankfully it hooks you enough for you to keep reading it. It was after this one that i found out just how many there is in the series, a lot.
Its something different for those readers who are looking for something else besides the same old song and dance books out there. Hence i read stuff like fantasy horror but this was a very enjoyable read and i say give it a look.
Bear in mind this is the second one.