The Concubine's Tattoo

Sano Ichiro Novels (Volume 4)

Laura Joh Rowland

Minotaur Books

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A richly crafted novel set in seventeenth-century Japan, The Concubine's Tattoo unfolds with all the excitement of a superb murder mystery and a sweeping, sensuous portrait of an exotic land. Sano Ichiro, the Shogun's most honorable investigator, is summoned to the imperial palace to find the murderer of Harume, a young concubine poisoned while applying a lover's tattoo. Sano's new bride, Reiko, insists on helping him with the case. Reiko's samurai blood and warrior's skill alarm her new husband, who expected a docile wife. But Reiko is only the first of man surprises...

As subtle as the finest lacquered screen, as powerful as the slash of a sword, The Concubine's Tattoo vividly brings to life a story of murder, jealousy, sexual intrigue, and political storms that keeps is in its spell until the final, shattering scene.

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"[Rowland] expertly invokes an exotic world--in its difference and brooding darkness--that can be confused with no other."--The Times-Picayune

"Rowland has a painter's eye for the minutiae of court life, as well as a politician's ear for intrigue, so the sleuthing is conducted amid sumptuous scene of imperial excess and under the watch of imperious villains."--The New York Times Book Review

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Laura Joh Rowland

LAURA JOH ROWLAND is the author of the Sano Ichiro mysteries, which have twice been named Best Mysteries of the Year by Publishers Weekly. She lived through a natural disaster when Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed her house in New Orleans, and now lives in New York City.

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The Concubine's Tattoo
Laura Joh Rowland

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429908436
ISBN10: 1429908432
336 pages
$6.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
April 2000
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312969226
ISBN10: 0312969228
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 376 pages
$6.99
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