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The Assassin's Touch

A Thriller

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland

Minotaur Books

May 1695. During a horse race at Edo Castle the chief of the shogun’s intelligence service, Ejima Senzaemon, drops dead as his horse gallops across the finish line—the fourth in a recent series of sudden deaths of high-ranking officials. Sano Ichiro is ordered to investigate, despite his recent promotion to chamberlain and his new duties as the shogun’s second-in-command.

Meanwhile, Sano’s wife, Reiko, is invited to attend the trial of Yugao, a beautiful young woman accused of stabbing her parents and sister to death. The woman has confessed, but the magistrate believes there is more to this case than meets the eye. He delays his verdict and asks Reiko to prove Yugao’s guilt or innocence.

As their investigations continue, both Sano and Reiko come to realize that the man he is trying to hunt and the woman she is desperate to save are somehow connected. A single fingerprint on Ejima’s temple puts Sano on the trail of an underground movement to overthrow the regime, and in the path of an assassin with a deadly touch. “Elegantly told and interspersed with delicious bits of history” (Kirkus Reviews), Laura Joh Rowland's The Assassin's Touch is a mystery you won't want to miss.

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Praise for The Assassin's Touch

“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

Praise for Laura Joh Rowland
The Perfumed Sleeve“Readers who enjoy a deep, insightful examination of a bygone period will want to read Perfumed Sleeve and the previous novels of this solid series.” —Midwest Book Review

“In its careful, beautiful portrayal of a dangerous time in Japanese history, this ninth in a popular detective series is every bit as satisfying as the preceding eight. . . . Rowland has created a compelling and lively series.” —Dallas Morning News

“Defty combining a classic whodunit with vivid period detail, Rowland raises the stakes for her next book with an unexpected twist at the end that promises to present her dogged but fallible hero with even more difficulties in the future.” —Publishers Weekly

The Dragon King’s Palace“Rowland uses her fine eye for detail to portray the intricate surface and roiling underbelly of life in a tightly structured, controlled society. Her Japan is a mix of Kabuki theater–like stylized formality, palace intrigue, and physical action that would do a martial arts movie proud.” —The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

“A lively dissection of the samurai code of honor, sexual dishonor, palace infighting, and ancient Japanese mores.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Rowland is one of the best mystery writers around. You owe it to yourself to check out the best suspense series you’ve never heard of.” —The Flint [Michigan] Journal

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  • Laura Joh Rowland

  • Laura Joh Rowland, the granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants, was educated at the University of Michigan and now lives in New Orleans with her husband. The Assassin’s Touch is the tenth book in her widely acclaimed series featuring Sano Ichiro.
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