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The Concubine's Tattoo

Laura Joh Rowland

5 Reviews

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Sano Ichiro, Fiction, Crime & mystery

The Sano Ichiro mysteries, set in seventeenth century Japan

Amid the political machinations of feudal Japan, Sano faces a daunting, complex investigation.

Twenty months spent as the shogun's most honourable investigator of events, situations and people have left Sano weary. He looks forward to the comforts of his arranged marriage and month's holiday to celebrate the union with his new wife. However, the death of the shogun's favourite concubine interrupts the couple's wedding ceremony as Sano is recalled to perform his duty.

After Sano traces the cause of Lady Harume's death to a self-inflicted tattoo, his must travel into the cloistered world of the shogun's women to untangle the complicated web of Harume's lovers, rivals and troubled past, and identify her killer.

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Praise for The Concubine's Tattoo

  • Positively smokes with historical atmospherics. - Publishers Weekly

  • Exotic and beguiling. a tour de force of imagination.

  • Impressive ... An eerie Japanese echo of Presumed Innocent. - Kirkus Reviews

  • Like Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose, Rowland's novel is an excellent whodunit. - Booklist

  • Rowland's understanding of the society she depicts shines through... making this a good bet for fans of historicals as well as of mysteries. - Publishers Weekly

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