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The samurai's wife
Laura Joh Rowland
Adult Fiction ROWLAND

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From Publishers' Weekly:

With her fifth mystery set in 17th-century Japan, Rowland (The Concubine's Tattoo, Bundori, etc.) offers a rich historical that is equal parts police procedural and political thriller. The shogun sends his Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations and People, Sano Ichiro, to the ancient court city of Miyako to investigate the murder of imperial minister Konoe Bokuden. Normally such a crime wouldn't concern the shogun, but the victim was a spy who reported on activities among nobles of dubious loyalty. Sano has to solve the murder and diffuse any resulting political tensions, a job that requires delicacy and etiquette--and vigilance. Felled by a rare martial art that can vanquish the most skilled samurai, Bokuden had discovered a secret plot against the shogun involving members of the court, feudal lords, gangsters and ronin. To find the killer and avert civil war, Sano must step on imperial toes and risk both censure from the shogun and the displeasure of Reiko, Sano's spirited young wife. Rowland delineates the class distinctions of her characters with subtlety and pulls together the strands of her multifaceted plot with enviable grace. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The Shogun's principal investigator, Sano Ichir, frowns upon his new wife's untraditional lack of submissiveness, but now he needs her help. In order for Sano to find an elusive killer, his wife must infiltrate the emperor's circle of friends. An authentically detailed and wonderfully involving historical novel of 17th-century Japan. For fans of historical mysteries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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