OVERRIDE

The Incense Game

A Novel of Feudal Japan

Sano Ichiro Novels

Minotaur Books

Winner of RT Magazine's Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery

In the wake of a terrifying earthquake, Sano Ichirō races to solve a crime that could bring down the shogun's regime

When a massive earthquake devastates Japan in 1703, even the shogun's carefully regulated court is left teetering on the brink of chaos. This is no time for a murder investigation—except when a nobleman's daughters are found dead from incense poisoning and their father threatens to topple the regime unless Sano Ichiro tracks down the killer.

As Sano and his wife strive to solve the case in a world that is crumbling around them, Laura Joh Rowland—author of one of the "five best historical mystery novels" (The Wall Street Journal)—brings us her most powerful and evocative thriller set in Feudal Japan yet, The Incense Game.

 

BOOK EXCERPTS

Read an Excerpt

1
 

A MONTH AFTER the earthquake, Edo was a landscape from hell. Entire neighborhoods were leveled. The few intact areas stood like islands amid a sea of wreckage. Edo Castle resembled a beehive after a monster has shaken and mauled it to steal the honey. Up and down the hill, laborers swarmed, cleaning up timbers, plaster, and roof tiles from fallen buildings. The cold air rang with their shouts, the din from their shovels and hammers, and the rattle of the oxcarts that carried the debris downhill. Dust hazed a wintry blue sky darkened by smoke that rose from bonfires as Edo’s

( ! ) Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /mnt/nfs/nfs01/www/sites/sharedcode/supadu_core_live/application/views/scripts/apps/renderings/_folio/bookdetails/macmillan/includes/book-excerpts-section.phtml on line 26
Call Stack
#TimeMemoryFunctionLocation
10.0005235440{main}( )../index.php:0
20.01391195224Bootstrap->start( )../index.php:14
30.07885479696Zend_Controller_Front->dispatch( )../bootstrap.php:86
40.08355816024Zend_Controller_Dispatcher_Standard->dispatch( )../Front.php:954
50.157110036408Zend_Controller_Action->dispatch( )../Standard.php:295
60.157110043536PageBaseController->viewAction( )../Action.php:513
70.163210167712Zend_Controller_Action->render( )../PageBaseController.php:305
80.163210168136Zend_Controller_Action_Helper_ViewRenderer->render( )../Action.php:212
90.163610169072Zend_Controller_Action_Helper_ViewRenderer->renderScript( )../ViewRenderer.php:918
100.163610169312Zend_View_Abstract->render( )../ViewRenderer.php:897
110.163710186360Zend_View->_run( )../Abstract.php:880
120.164110205864include( '/mnt/nfs/nfs01/www/sites/sharedcode/supadu_core_live/application/views/scripts/page/view.phtml' )../View.php:108
130.171010266440Zend_View->partial( )../view.phtml:10
140.171010266880Zend_View_Abstract->__call( )../view.phtml:10
150.171110267320call_user_func_array ( )../Abstract.php:342
160.171110267744Zend_View_Helper_Partial->partial( )../Abstract.php:342
170.171210271528Zend_View_Abstract->render( )../Partial.php:105
180.171210288264Zend_View->_run( )../Abstract.php:880
190.171510304960include( '/mnt/nfs/nfs01/www/sites/sharedcode/supadu_core_live/application/views/scripts/page/core/default_1_canvas.phtml' )../View.php:108
200.171610307976Zend_View->partial( )../default_1_canvas.phtml:6
210.171610308416Zend_View_Abstract->__call( )../default_1_canvas.phtml:6
220.171610308856call_user_func_array ( )../Abstract.php:342
230.171610309280Zend_View_Helper_Partial->partial( )../Abstract.php:342
240.171710314264Zend_View_Abstract->render( )../Partial.php:105
250.171710330984Zend_View->_run( )../Abstract.php:880
260.171810331272include( '/mnt/nfs/nfs01/www/sites/sharedcode/supadu_core_live/application/views/scripts/canvas/view.phtml' )../View.php:108
270.171810332720Zend_View->partial( )../view.phtml:7
280.171810333160Zend_View_Abstract->__call( )../view.phtml:7
290.171810333600call_user_func_array ( )../Abstract.php:342
300.171810334024Zend_View_Helper_Partial->partial( )../Abstract.php:342
310.171910338032Zend_View_Abstract->render( )../Partial.php:105
320.171910354752Zend_View->_run( )../Abstract.php:880
330.171910355040include( '/mnt/nfs/nfs01/www/sites/sharedcode/supadu_core_live/application/views/scripts/snippet/view.phtml' )../View.php:108
340.172010356680Zend_View->partial( )../view.phtml:7
350.172010357120Zend_View_Abstract->__call( )../view.phtml:7
360.172010357560call_user_func_array ( )../Abstract.php:342
370.172010357984Zend_View_Helper_Partial->partial( )../Abstract.php:342
380.172110362216Zend_View_Abstract->render( )../Partial.php:105
390.172110378960Zend_View->_run( )../Abstract.php:880
400.172410382208include( '/mnt/nfs/nfs01/www/sites/sharedcode/supadu_core_live/application/views/scripts/apps/renderings/folio_bookdetails.phtml' )../View.php:108
410.172410383088Zend_View->partial( )../folio_bookdetails.phtml:10
420.172410383528Zend_View_Abstract->__call( )../folio_bookdetails.phtml:10
430.172410383968call_user_func_array ( )../Abstract.php:342
440.172410384392Zend_View_Helper_Partial->partial( )../Abstract.php:342
450.172510387712Zend_View_Abstract->render( )../Partial.php:105
460.172610404480Zend_View->_run( )../Abstract.php:880
470.174110556680include( '/mnt/nfs/nfs01/www/sites/sharedcode/supadu_core_live/application/views/scripts/apps/renderings/_folio/bookdetails/macmillan/us-macmillan.phtml' )../View.php:108
481.095511190152include( '/mnt/nfs/nfs01/www/sites/sharedcode/supadu_core_live/application/views/scripts/apps/renderings/_folio/bookdetails/macmillan/includes/book-excerpts-section.phtml' )../us-macmillan.phtml:809
BACK

REVIEWS

Praise for The Incense Game

"Once again, Rowland sets the bar high for her hero, who must navigate treacherous political shoals as well as deduce the killer’s identity." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Rowland's 16th Sano Ichiro mystery is excellent. She seamlessly incorporates history and culture without slowing the plot. Even without reading earlier books, you'll be able to invest emotionally in the characters lives. With mystery, excitement, and a bang-up ending, this is one you won't be able to put down!" —RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)
"Once again, Rowland sets the bar high for her hero, who must navigate treacherous political shoals as well as deduce the killer’s identity." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Rowland's 16th Sano Ichiro mystery is excellent. She seamlessly incorporates history and culture without slowing the plot. Even without reading earlier books, you'll be able to invest emotionally in the characters lives. With mystery, excitement, and a bang-up ending, this is one you won't be able to put down!" —RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)

Reviews from Goodreads

BACK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • LAURA JOH ROWLAND is the author of fifteen previous 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.

BACK

COMMUNITY

Criminalelement.com

    MORE BLOG POSTS
    BACK

    BUY THE BOOK

    Available Formats and Book Details

    The Incense Game

    A Novel of Feudal Japan

    Sano Ichiro Novels
    Romantic Times Book Award
    BACK

    FROM THE PUBLISHER

    Minotaur Books

    BACK