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Laura Joh Rowland

Laura Joh Rowland

LAURA JOH ROWLAND is the author of the Sano Ichiro mysteries (Shinju, Bundori, and The Way of the Traitor), 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.

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A Sano Ichiro Collection
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A Sano Ichiro Collection

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Laura Joh Rowland's acclaimed Sano Ichiro novels, set in seventeenth-century Japan, are riveting, richly imagined, and suspenseful. As Sano navigates a treacherous political landscape he works to...

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The Iris Fan
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The Iris Fan

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Japan, 1709. The shogun is old and ailing. Amid the ever-treacherous intrigue in the court, Sano Ichiro has been demoted from chamberlain to a lowly patrol guard. His relationship with his wife Reiko...

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The Shogun's Daughter
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The Shogun's Daughter

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Japan, 1704. In an elegant mansion a young woman named Tsuruhime lies on her deathbed, attended by her nurse. Smallpox pustules cover her face. Incense burns, to banish the evil spirits of disease....

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The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria
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The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria by Laura Joh Rowland

In the carefully ordered world of seventeenth-century Japan, the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter is a place where men of all classes...

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The Incense Game
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The Incense Game

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

An RT Book Review Magazine Reviewers' Choice Award Winner

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

Japan,...

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The Samurai's Wife
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The Samurai's Wife

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Sano Ichiro, the Shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People, has his doubts about the partnership that he and his spirited new wife, Reiko, have forged: While he can't...

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Red Chrysanthemum
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Red Chrysanthemum

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

July 1698. Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective who has risen to become the shogun's second-in-command, is investigating rumors of a plot to overthrow the ruling regime. When the investigation brings...

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The Ronin's Mistress
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The Ronin's Mistress

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

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 politician's...

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The Cloud Pavilion
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The Cloud Pavilion

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Japan, 1701. A terrified woman is brutally attacked amid a swirling storm of clouds. Meanwhile, at Edo Castle, samurai detective turned chamberlain, Sano Ichiro, is suspicious of his old rival, Yanagisawa,...

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The Fire Kimono
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The Fire Kimono

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Japan, March 1700. The strife between Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective who has risen to power in the shogun's court, and his enemies has escalated to the brink of war.

When a long-buried...

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The Snow Empress
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The Snow Empress

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin's Press
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...

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The Concubine's Tattoo
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The Concubine's Tattoo

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

A richly crafted novel set in seventeenth-century Japan, Laura Joh Rowland's The Concubine's Tattoo unfolds with all the excitement of a superb murder mystery and a sweeping, sensuous portrait...

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The Dragon King's Palace
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The Dragon King's Palace

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

On a whim of the shogun's mother, a procession has left the sweltering heat of Edo, bound for the cooler climate of Mount Fuji. Among her traveling companions are Reiko, the beautiful wife of Sano...

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The Perfumed Sleeve
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The Perfumed Sleeve

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

November 1694. The streets of Edo are erupting in violence as two factions struggle for control over the ruling Tokugawa regime. One is led by the shogun's cousin, Lord Matsudaira, and the other...

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The Assassin's Touch
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The Assassin's Touch

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin's Press
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...

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Black Lotus
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Black Lotus

Sano Ichiro Novels

Laura Joh Rowland
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

In September of 1693, the Black Lotus Temple, spiritual center for hundreds of Buddhist nuns, monks, priests, and orphans, is burned to the ground leaving three dead and one orphan running for cover....

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