The Samurai's Wife

A Novel

Sano Ichiro Novels (Volume 5)

Laura Joh Rowland

Minotaur Books

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Far from the Shogun's court at Edo, Most Honorable Investigator Sano Ichiro begins the most challenging case of his career. Upon the insistence of his strong-willed and beautiful wife Reiko, Sano arrives with her at the emperor's palace to unmask the murderer--who possesses the secret of kiai, "the spirit city," a powerful scream that can kill instantly. A high Kyoto official is the victim. Treading carefully through a web of spies, political intrigue, forbidden passions, and intricate plots, Sano and Reiko must struggle to stay ahead of the palace storm--and outwit a cunning killer. But as they soon discover, solving the case means more than their survival. For if they fail, Japan could be consumed in the bloodiest war it has ever seen...

A legendary land comes alive in this compelling murder mystery set in seventeenth-century Japan. Filled with finely drawn characters and suspenseful plot twists, The Samurai's Wife is a novel as complex, vivid, and artful as the glorious, lost world it portrays.

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THE SAMURAI'S WIFE (Chapter 1)

From the attic of a shop in Edo’s Nihonbashi merchant district, Sano Ichir, the shogun’s ssakan-sama—Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People—conducted a secret surveillance. He and his chief retainer, Hirata, peered through the window blinds. Below them lay Tobacco Lane, a street of tobacco shops and warehouses, restaurants and teahouses. As the summer twilight deepened, the peaked roofs turned to dark silhouettes against a rosy sky. Tobacco Lane, recently bustling with daytime commerce, was now a corridor of blank

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"You'll immediately recognize [Sano] as an ancestor of Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade."--Denver Post

"As a fan of Shogun, it's easy to say that The Samurai's Wife provided me with the same sense of place and culture that was so invigorating in James Clavell's epic yarn...Rowland's a pretty terrific storyteller."--Chicago Tribune

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Fiction Review: The Samurai's Wife by Laura Joh Rowland, Author Thomas Dunne Books $23.95 (272p) ISBN 978-0-312-20325-2
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 send
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Laura Joh Rowland

Laura Joh Rowland lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.  THE SAMURAI'S WIFE is the fifth in her distinguished series of thrillers set in seventeenth-century Japan.

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The Samurai's Wife
A Novel
Laura Joh Rowland

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2000
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ISBN: 9781429961677
ISBN10: 1429961678
272 pages
$7.99

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October 2012
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ISBN: 9781250035783
ISBN10: 1250035783
302 pages
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