The Ronin's Mistress

The Ronin's Mistress

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"A brilliant new twist on the fabled tale of the 47 Ronin, from an author with "a painter's eye for the minutiae of court life [and] a politican's ear for intrigue." --The New York Times Book Review Japan, 1703. On a snowy night, 47 warriors murder the man at the center of the scandal that turned them from samurai into masterless ronin two years before. Clearly this was an act of revenge--but why did they wait so long? And is there any reason they should not immediately be ordered to commit ritual suicide? Sano Ichiro, demoted from Chamberlain to his old post as Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People, has mere days to solve the greatest mystery of samurai legend--while his own fortunes hang in the balance"--
"Japan, 1703. On a snowy night, 47 warriors murder the man at the center of the scandal that turned them from samurai into masterless ronin two years before. Clearly this was an act of revenge--but why did they wait so long? And is there any reason they should not immediately be ordered to commit ritual suicide? Sano Ichiro, demoted from Chamberlain to his old post as Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People, has mere days to solve the greatest mystery of samurai legend--while his own fortunes hang in the balance"--
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2011.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780312658526
0312658524
Branch Call Number: FIC ROWL
Characteristics: viii, 324 pages : map ; 25 cm

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USAF1969
Feb 14, 2018

I have loved Laura Joh Rowland's feudal Japan mysteries with Sano Ichiro since Book #1. This is #15 and one of her best yet. The plot is multi-faceted, with the usual Sano side-kicks all playing important roles, especially his wife Reiko, and an emerging role for his son, Masahiro who is coming of age. Rowland crafts an intricate web of main plots and subplots with her usual creativity. This novel is slightly different from others in the series in that it is set around an actual historical event about which far more is speculated than actually known. Rowland writes a historical note up front (which I prefer to afterwards as most authors do) which separates what is known historically and what is speculation - and then makes sure we are clear about what in the book is from her imagination as a novelist. A great read I highly recommend.

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maipenrai
Oct 25, 2016

Book 15 in the Sano Ichiro series

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