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The Snow Empress

A Thriller

Sano Ichiro Novels (Volume 12)

Laura Joh Rowland

Minotaur Books

Japan, 1699: On a moonlit night on the northern frontier island of Ezogashima, a woman is running through the forest when an arrow strikes her dead. Meanwhile, in the city of Edo, the young son of Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective who has risen to power in the shogun’s court, vanishes during a moon-watching festival. When one of Sano’s political rivals hints that the boy was kidnapped—and may be in Ezogashima—he and his wife, Reiko, begin a desperate journey to find their son…only to discover that the local ruler, Lord Matsumae, is holding the entire province hostage for another crime: The murder of his mistress. So Sano strikes a deal: He will solve the mistress’s murder if Matsumae will free the hostages and return his son. Soon, however, Sano and Reiko find themselves caught up in a dangerous scheme that includes clan warfare, bitter jealousy, and murderous betrayal as they race to unravel the mystery of THE SNOW EMPRESS

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Chapter 1
A gray, clouded twilight befell Edo. Thin drizzle glazed the capital’s tile roofs and subdued the crowds trudging through the wet streets. The cold vapors of late autumn floated on the Sumida River. Mist rendered Edo Castle almost invisible upon its hilltop and drenched the lights in its guard turrets.
Seated inside his office in his compound within the castle, Sano saw Detective Marume, one of his two personal bodyguards, standing at the threshold. He paused in the middle of a letter he was dictating to his secretary. “Well? Did you find him?” he demanded.
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Praise for The Snow Empress

“One of the best mysteries of the year.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Rowland has a painter’s eye…[and] a politician’s ear for intrigue.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Palace intrigue and physical action that would do a martial arts movie proud.”—The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Laura Joh Rowland

  • Laura Joh Rowland, the granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants, grew up in Michigan and was educated at the University of Michigan. She and her husband, Marty, settled in New Orleans and have recently returned there after Hurricane Katrina. The Snow Empress is the twelfth in her highly acclaimed series of thrillers featuring Sano Ichiro.

  • Laura Joh Rowland
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    A Thriller

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    Laura Joh Rowland

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