Shinju (Sano Ichiro Series #1)

Shinju (Sano Ichiro Series #1)

by Laura Joh Rowland

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Overview

When beautiful, wealthy Yukiko and low-born artist Noriyoshi are found drowned together in a shinju, or ritual double suicide, everyone believes the culprit was forbidden love. Everyone but newly appointed yoriki Sano Ichiro.

Despite the official verdict and warnings from his superiors, the shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People suspects the deaths weren't just a tragedy — they were murder. Risking his family's good name and his own life, Sano will search for a killer across every level of society — determined to find answers to a mystery no one wants solved. No one but Sano...

As subtle and beautiful as the culture it evokes, Shinju vividly re-creates a world of ornate tearooms and guady pleasure-palaces, cloistered mountaintop convents and dealthy prisons.

Part love story, part myster, Shinju is a tour that will dazzle and entertain all who enter its world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061009501
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/29/2001
Series: Sano Ichiro Series , #1
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 416,047
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Laura Joh Rowland is a detective/mystery author best known for her series of historical mystery novels set in the late days of feudal Japan, mostly in Edo during the late 17th century. Her protagonist is Sano Ichiro, a samurai and minor official who, by the end of the first novel, became the trusted chief investigator for the fifth Tokugawa Shogun, and by the tenth novel, was promoted to a very high office. She began the series in 1994 with the book Shinju ; the series now includes more than a dozen books.

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