The Ronin's Mistress

A Novel

Sano Ichiro Novels (Volume 15)

Laura Joh Rowland

Minotaur Books

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The Ronin's Mistress is a brilliant new twist on the fabled tale of the 47 Ronin, from Laura Joh Rowland--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.

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THE BLIZZARD ENDED by morning. The sky cleared to a pale blue as dawn glided over the hills east of Edo, leaving the city serene under a mantle of fresh, sparkling snow. Cranes flew over the rise where Edo Castle perched. The great fortress wore white frosting atop its walls and guard towers. In the innermost precinct of the castle stood the palace. Dark cypress beams gridded the white plaster walls of the low, interconnected buildings; gold dragons crowned the peaks of its tile roofs. In the garden, boulders and shrubs were smooth white mounds.

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Praise for The Ronin's Mistress

"Masterful." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Cloud Pavilion

"An exercise in pure entertainment." --The Washington Post on The Fire Kimono

"[Rowland's] Japan is a mix of Kabuki theater-like stylized formality, palace intrigue, and physical action that would do a martial arts movie proud." --The New Orleans Times-Picayune on The Snow Empress

"Sano may carry a sword and wear a kimono, but you'll immediately recognize him as an ancestor of Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade." --The Denver Post


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Read the Kirkus Review of THE RONIN'S MISTRESS . A veteran Japanese sleuth endangers himself to solve a tantalizing samurai murder mystery.
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Laura Joh Rowland

LAURA JOH ROWLAND is the author of fourteen previous Sano Ichiro mysteries. The Fire Kimono was named one of the Wall Street Journal's "Five Best Historical Mystery Novels"; and The Snow Empress and The Cloud Pavilion, were among Publishers Weekly's Best Mysteries of the Year. She lives in New York City.

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The Ronin's Mistress
A Novel
Laura Joh Rowland

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
September 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429973861
ISBN10: 1429973862
336 pages
$9.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
September 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312658526
ISBN10: 0312658524
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$25.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
September 2012
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ISBN: 9781250015235
ISBN10: 1250015235
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages, Includes one map
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