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The Samurai's Wife (Sano Ichiro Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 21 Jun 2001

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (21 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312974485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312974480
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.6 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,401,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"You'll immediately recognize [Sano] as an ancestor of Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade."--"Denver Post" "As a fan of "Shogun, " it's easy to say that "The Samurai's Wife" provided me with the same sense of place and culture that was so invigorating in James Clavell's epic yarn...Rowland's a pretty terrific storyteller."--"Chicago Tribune"

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IN THE IMPERIAL CITY OF KYOTO, POWER IS MERELY CEREMONIAL. BUT AN ANCIENT EVIL STILL SURVIVES...

Far from the shogun's court at Edo, Most Honorable Investigator Sano Ichiro begins the most challenging case of his career. Upon the insistence of his strong-willed and beautiful wife Reiko, Sano arrives with her at the emperor's palace to unmask the murderer -- who possesses the secret of kiai, "the spirit cry", a powerful scream that can kill instantly. A high Kyoto official is the victim. Treading carefully through a web of spies, political intrigue, forbidden passions, and intricate plots, Sano and Reiko must struggle to stay ahead of the palace storms -- and outwit a cunning killer. But as they soon discover, solving the case means more than their survival. For if they fail, Japan could be consumed in the bloodiest war it has ever seen...

A legendary land comes alive in this compelling murder mystery set in seventeenth-century Japan. Filled with finely drawn characters and suspenseful plot twists, The Samurai's Wife is a novel as complex, vivid, and artful as the glorious, lost world it portrays. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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the fourth historical mystery starring the Samurai Detective Sano, continues in the tradition of providing readers with entertaining novels. The who-done-it is cleverly designed and the lead couple is a fascinating duo working as a team over Sano's objections. However, what makes talented author Laura Joh Rowland's novel a jubilation for historical fans is the resplendent descriptions of Feudal Japan that makes the audience feel they are visiting the island in the late seventeenth century.
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Am working my way through the Sano Ichiro Mysteries. Lots of mystery, tension, scrapes to get out of, and a powerful evil enemy - all in Japanese costume and culture, Generally keeps up the pace, too. Would recommend.
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Great stuff from first page to last. Engaged me with the mystery, absorbing relationships and credible images of fuedal Japan. I really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful mystery 15 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In 1691 Japan, Imperial Minister Konoe Bokuden searches for any noble threatening the rule of his Shogun. However, the minister must have gotten too close to uncovering a plot because, an unknown assailant, applying the extremely difficult to master and therefore rarely used spirit cry of kiai, kills Konoe.

The Shogun sends his Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People, Sano Ichiro to make inquiries into the death of Konoe and to uncover what the minister learned. Sano knows he must succeed because the failure of his previous case not only dishonored him but also left the Shogun wondering whether to replace him. Over his initial objections and his fears how the Shogun will react, his new wife Reiko insists on helping him with this dangerous case. As the newlyweds get closer to the truth, their lives and that of the nobility is endangered, as civil war seems eminent unless they can expose the culprit.

THE SAMURAI'S WIFE, the fourth historical mystery starring the Samurai Detective Sano, continues in the tradition of providing readers with entertaining novels. The who-done-it is cleverly designed and the lead couple is a fascinating duo working as a team over Sano's objections. However, what makes talented author Laura Joh Rowland's novel a jubilation for historical fans is the resplendent descriptions of Feudal Japan that makes the audience feel they are visiting the island in the late seventeenth century.

Harriet Klausner
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Samurai's Wife 28 Nov. 2001
By Richard Coffel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was one of the finest books I have read on ancient Japan. The author totally understands the rankings of people in relationship to their social class position in old Japan. I personally lived in Japan for 17 years and studied ancinet Japanese history. This book makes you feel as if you are living in the times of the story timeframe.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Sano Ichiro Series 15 April 2004
By J'aime le fromage! - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. It was the best of the Sano Ichiro books I have read so far (I can't wait to read "The Perfumed Sleeve"). It was really enrapturing, and this is just a little bit better than "The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria".
The characters in this one were really interesting, at times you almost want to root for the suspects, such as: Lady Jokyoden. Besides from the fact that it was good, it was informative.The culture is really well researched.
Some people may think it's a little over the top, with all the "events", but things like this probably happened in 1600's Japan. It's dramatic but believable and this plot was cool, because it incorporated the imperial family. Who didn't even govern the country, but were just considered living gods.
If you've read the other ones you have to read this, it's the best.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Samurai's Wife(Yanagisawa actually being honorable) 12 Aug. 2001
By Kuroyu Motoko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although The Samurai's Wife was not as thrilling,heart stopping, or page turning(and without as much sex,thank god)as The Cancubine's tattoo,it is most definitly extremely good reading.as are all of Ms.Rowland's books.She always seems to come up with this unpredictable or unexpected outcome.Which,in retrospect,always fits seemlessly into place with the other puzzle pieces.I have given up tying to figure out how she does it.ALONG with the main mystery she always tucks in other small ones, clues within clues.AND as an added bonus for this book she had Yanagisawa(whom we all have grown to love and hate)start to behave honorably and stand up to his inner demons and allow himself to be true to himself.We also grow to know our hero in new ways as Sano's loveand dark past collide in conflicting desires.The best and worst are brought out in all the characters,to be conqored or accepted as seen fit by thier own strength of will and charicature.The Samurai's Wife is a treat to read that will change the way the characters relate to each other,the outside world,and how they viewthemselves.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Move Me 1 April 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ever since I read Shogun I've enjoyed books set in ancient Japan. The Samauri's Wife is really good at capturing life in the Land of the Rising Sun except for one thing:A samurai would've rid himself of a wife like Reiko. Her character is totally unrealistic. The average well to do Japanese lady of this time period did not behave like this at all. Historical fiction is one thing, fantasy fiction is another.
On top of this problem, the character of Reiko is annoying. Her prime function seemed to be to get in her husband's way. I found myself hoping that Sano would turn to the bald headed nun. The most compelling love story the book was between Sano's arch rival, the Shogan's second in command and his cunning new lover, Hoshino. There are more books in this series but this it for me.
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