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Bundori:
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Villard
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9780307801470
  • Reader Reviews : 8
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The sequel to the acclaimed novel Shinju again features detective Sano Ichiro as he trails a serial killer stalking feudal Japan. In 1689, an all-powerful shogun controls the state, surrounded by bitter machinations and political intrigues. When an ancient tradition suddenly and brutally reappears, Sano risks everything to bring the killer to justice. “Bundori is terrific. . . . So good you won’t want to put it down, even to get off a plane. . . . [Laura Joh] Rowland hits her stride as a writer who can deal equally well with the pacing of plot and the nuances of character development. . . . Rowland clearly knows how to build suspense and action, a talent that she demonstrates with great skill.”—New Orleans Times-Picayune “Bundori is one of those mysteries in which the itch to find out whodunit recedes before the pleasure of prowling through a different world.”—Washington Post Book World “Sano may carry a sword and wear a kimono, but you’ll immediately recognize him as an ancestor of Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade.”—Denver Post “A colorful pictorial style that conveys . . . excitement and . . . danger.”—The New York Times Book Review

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    The Bundori Murders
  • Author : Hayato Tokugawa
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Pages : 420
  • ISBN : 1490384693
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  • Genre : Books
  • SAN FRANCISCO, SEPTEMBER 30, 1974 Early on a dark, fog-shrouded morning, Giuseppe Sorvino, the aged sexton of Saint Mary's Catholic Cathedral finds a strange object covered in a black cloth on the front stairs of the church. When he pulls away the veil, he is confronted by the face of death: a severed head staring straight at him. The shock is too much for the gentle old man's heart and he falls dead. For hardboiled, twenty-year veteran detective Keith Gallagher of the San Francisco Police Department's elite Homicide Detail, the grisly murder is only a prelude to the most difficult case of his career. At first, Gallagher is frustrated by a shocking number of similar homicides that terrorize the city, and the lack of any clue that could crack the case. However, things go from bad to worse as he struggles to end the reign of terror, all the while encumbered by the politics, political correctness, self-interests, and racial tensions that exist within the police department, forcing him into a struggle to maintain his own sense of ethics and humanity; and ultimately, to risk his life to protect the one person he holds most dear. This is the second exciting illustrated volume of the San Francisco Police Chronicles, by former police officer Hayato Tokugawa, continuing the saga of S.F.P.D. officers Brian O'Neil and John Kelly, Inspector Keith Gallagher and his Japanese-American wife Keiko, and Gaki Tachibana, which began with the first volume, Angel Dust. And like Angel Dust, The Bundori Murders is the real story of real people who lived, worked, and sometimes died on the streets of San Francisco.

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    The Boxers, China, and the World
  • Author : Robert Bickers,R. G. Tiedemann
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN : 9780742571976
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  • Genre : History
  • In 1900, China chose to take on imperialism by fighting a war with the world on the parched north China plain. This multidisciplinary volume explores the causes behind what is now known as the Boxer War, examining its particular cruelties and its impact on China, foreign imperialism in China, and on the foreign imagination. This war introduced the world to the "Boxers," the seemingly fanatical, violent xenophobes who, believing themselves invulnerable to foreign bullets, died in their thousands in front of foreign guns. But 1900 also saw the imperialism of the 1890s checked and the Qing rulers of China move to embark on a series of shattering reforms. The Boxers have often been represented as a force from China's past, resisting an enforced modernity. Here, expert contributors argue that this rebellion was instead a wholly modern resistance to globalizing power, representing new trends in modern China and in international relations. The allied invasion of north China in late summer 1900 was the first multinational intervention in the name of "civilization," with the issues and attendant problems that have become all too familiar in the early twenty-first century. Indeed, understanding the Boxer rising and the Boxer war remains a pressing contemporary issue. This volume will appeal to readers interested in modern Chinese, East Asian, and European history as well as the history of imperialism, colonialism, warfare, missionary work, and Christianity. Contributions by: C. A. Bayly, Lewis Bernstein, Robert Bickers, Paul A. Cohen, Henrietta Harrison, James L. Hevia, Ben Middleton, T. G. Otte, Roger R. Thompson, R. G. Tiedemann, and Anand A. Yang.

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    Thousand Shrine Warrior
  • Author : Jessica Amanda Salmonson
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN : 9781453293836
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • Tomoe turns to religion to escape her past, but destiny is not through with her yet The young girl crashes through the underbrush, desperate to escape the cackling soldiers at her back. After catching her in a tryst with a local farm boy, they intend to execute her for her sin. She runs for as long as she can, finally collapsing outside a shrine where a traveling nun sits with her flute. When the soldiers arrive, the nun sets her flute aside, drawing a legendary sword. She kills the men easily and sets the young girl free. Though she tried to avoid it, Tomoe Gozen has shed blood once again. After countless battles and endless wandering, this legendary samurai has renounced Bushido and taken the oaths of a wandering nun. But though she disguises herself as a mendicant, trouble will find her still. Tomoe must engage in one last fight—this time for the sake of her soul.

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    The Golden Naginata
  • Author : Jessica Amanda Salmonson
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Pages : 313
  • ISBN : 9781453293683
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • For the sake of an enchanted sword, Tomoe revolts against her father In all of Naipon, there is no samurai more famous than Tomoe Gozen. Her skill with the blade is legendary, her honor unquestioned, and evil men everywhere fear her name. No challenge is too great for Tomoe, but she is not ready for marriage. When her father announces that he has arranged a match for her—one that will mean laying aside her sword—Tomoe responds as she always does when her life is threatened: she draws her twin blades. After fighting her way out of her father’s house, Tomoe meets Azo Hono-o, a female samurai who plans to make a name for herself by killing Tomoe Gozen. Tomoe convinces Azo to join forces with her, and together they set out across Naipon in search of a golden sword, which they will use to carve a place for themselves in a man’s world.

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    Shinju
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 367
  • ISBN : 9780307801180
  • Reader Reviews : 18
  • Genre : Fiction
  • When beautiful, wealthy Yukiko and low-born artist Noriyoshi are found drowned together in a shinju, or ritual double suicide, everyone believes the culprit was forbidden love. Everyone but newly appointed yoriki Sano Ichiro. Despite the official verdict and warnings from his superiors, the shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People suspects the deaths weren't just a tragedy -- they were murder. Risking his family's good name and his own life, Sano will search for a killer across every level of society -- determined to find answers to a mystery no one wants solved. No one but Sano... As subtle and beautiful as the culture it evokes, Shinju vividly re-creates a world of ornate tearooms and guady pleasure-palaces, cloistered mountaintop convents and dealthy prisons. Part love story, part myster, Shinju is a tour that will dazzle and entertain all who enter its world. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Laura Joh Rowland's The Shogun's Daughter.

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    The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9781429908467
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • In The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria, Laura Joh Rowland once again has written a book in which "an exotic setting, seventeenth-century Japan, and a splendid mystery...make for grand entertainment" (New York Daily News). In the carefully ordered world of seventeenth-century Japan, the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter is a place where men of all classes can drink, revel, and enjoy the favors of beautiful courtesans. But on a cold winter's dawn, Sano Ichiro--the shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People--must visit Yoshiwara on a most unpleasant mission. Within a house of assignation reserved for the wealthiest, most prominent men, a terrible murder has occurred. In a room that reeks of liquor and sex, the shogun's cousin and heir, Lord Mitsuyoshi, lies dead, a flowered hairpin embedded in his eye, in the bed of the famous courtesan, Lady Wisteria. The shogun demands quick justice, but Sano's path is blocked by many obstacles, including the disappearance of Wisteria and her pillow book, a diary that may contain clues. The politics of court life, the whims of the shogun, and interference by his long time rival, Edo's Chief Police Commissioner Hoshina, also hinder Sano in his search for the killer. Sano's wife, Lady Reiko, is eager to help him, but he fears what she may uncover. When suspicion of murder falls upon Sano himself, he must find the real murderer to solve the case and clear his name.

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    The Way of the Traitor
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Villard
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780307801487
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • In a novel with echoes of Noble House, The Alchemist, and Gorky Park, Japan's preeminent detective-Samurai, Sano Ichiro, returns to risk his honor and life. In 1690 Nagasaki, Sano must crack his most sensitive case yet as he sets about to discover who killed a Dutch trader whose body has washed up on the shore of a small island famed for its "barbarians."

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    The Shogun's Daughter
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781250028624
  • Reader Reviews : 10
  • Genre : Fiction
  • 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. After Tsuruhime takes her last breath, the old woman watching from the doorway says, "Who's going to tell the Shogun his daughter is dead?" The death of the Shogun's daughter has immediate consequences on his regime. There will be no grandchild to leave the kingdom. Faced with his own mortality and beset by troubles caused by the recent earthquake, he names as his heir Yoshisato, the seventeen-year-old son he only recently discovered was his. Until five months ago, Yoshisato was raised as the illegitimate son of Yanagisawa, the shogun's favorite advisor. Yanagisawa is also the longtime enemy of Sano Ichiro. Sano doubts that Yoshisato is really the Shogun's son, believing it's more likely a power-play by Yanagisawa. When Sano learns that Tsuruhime's death may have been a murder, he sets off on a dangerous investigation that leads to more death and destruction as he struggles to keep his pregnant wife, Reiko, and his son safe. Instead, he and his family become the accused. And this time, they may not survive the day. Laura Joh Rowland's thrilling series set in Feudal Japan is as gripping and entertaining as ever.

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    The Fire Kimono
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1429945311
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Japan, March 1700. Near a Shinto shrine in the hills, a windstorm knocks down a tree to uncover a human skeleton, long buried and forgotten. Meanwhile, in the nearby city of Edo, troops ambush and attack Lady Reiko, the wife of Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective who has risen to power and influence in the shogun's court. The troops who attacked Reiko appear to belong to Sano's fiercest enemy, Lord Matsudaira, who denies all responsibility. But if the rivals are not to blame for each other's misfortune, who is? Just as Sano's strife with Matsudaira begins to escalate to the brink of war, the shogun orders Sano to investigate the origins of the mysterious skeleton, buried with swords that identify it as belonging to the shogun's cousin, who disappeared forty years earlier on the night that a cursed kimono touched off a fire that nearly destroyed the city. Suddenly, Sano and Reiko are forced to confront dangerous, long-buried secrets that expose Sano's own mother as the possible culprit. The shogun gives Sano and Reiko just three days to clear her name—or risk losing not only their position at court but their families' lives. The Fire Kimono is another dazzling historical mystery from Laura Joh Rowland.

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    An Unabridged Japanese-English Dictionary, with Copious Illustrations
  • Author : Frank Brinkley,Bunyiu Nanjio,Y. Iwasaki
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 1730
  • ISBN : HARVARD:32044060188372
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  • Genre : English language
  • Read and download full book An Unabridged Japanese-English Dictionary, with Copious Illustrations

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    The Michigan Alumnus
  • Author : N.a
  • Publisher : UM Libraries
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : UOM:39015036690728
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  • Genre : Cooking
  • In volumes1-8: the final number consists of the Commencement annual.

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    An English-Japanese Dictionary of the Spoken Language
  • Author : Ernest Miles Hobart-Hampden,Sir Harold George Parlett
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 1566
  • ISBN : UCAL:B3627926
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  • Genre : English language
  • Read and download full book An English-Japanese Dictionary of the Spoken Language

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    The Cloud Pavilion
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9781429983303
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Publishers Weekly calls Laura Joh Rowland's The Cloud Pavilion "One of the best mysteries of the year." In this next installment of the enthralling series, samurai hero Sano Ichiro must mend old family fissures, and bring a culprit who has disgraced his cousin to justice. Japan, 1701. A woman is brutally attacked within a bamboo prison as clouds swirl around her head. Meanwhile, at Edo Castle, samurai detective turned chamberlain Sano Ichiro is suspicious of his old rival, Yanagisawa, who has been oddly cooperative since returning from exile. But just as Yanagisawa's true motives begin to emerge, Sano's estranged uncle comes to him for help: His daughter has disappeared, and he begs Sano and his wife—who once suffered through the kidnapping of their own son—to find her before it is too late.

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    會話作文和英中辭林
  • Author : Nobuyasu Sakuma
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 930
  • ISBN : CHI:086572849
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  • Genre : English language
  • Read and download full book 會話作文和英中辭林

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    Red Chrysanthemum
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9781429968010
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Laura Joh Rowland draws on the tradition of the classic film Rashomon to bring us a masterful tale of intrigue and treachery, in Red Chrysanthemum. 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 Sano's deputy Hirata to Lord Mori's estate, he is shocked to find Lord Mori murdered and grotesquely mutilated in his own bed, and Sano's pregnant wife, Reiko, lying beside him. The only solid clue is a chrysanthemum soaked in blood. Reiko's account of her actions is anything but solid. She insists that she went undercover to Lord Mori's estate in order to investigate claims that he molested and murdered young boys. But when Sano inspects the crime scene, he finds no trace of what Reiko described. And every other witness tells a different story: Lady Mori alleges that Reiko was Lord Mori's scorned mistress and murdered him for revenge. And Lord Mori himself, speaking through a medium, claims his murder was part of Sano's plot to overthrow the shogun! Unless Sano can prove his wife's unlikely claims, both he and Reiko—and their unborn child—face execution for treason. Sano fights desperately to save his family and his honor.

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    Black Lotus
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9781429908450
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • 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. Veteran samurai-detective Sano Ichiro, the Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations and People, is called on to investigate the incident. He quickly discovers that despite appearances, the victims did not die in the fire: they were brutally murdered before the fire even began. With a triple homicide on his hands, Sano's search for a killer leads him to Haru, the orphan girl found at the scene of the crime. But Sano's wife Reiko, investigating the case against Sano's wishes, is convinced of Haru's innocence. Reiko's investigation leads her behind the walls of the Black Lotus Temple. It is within these walls that she discovers a sect involved in extortion, prostitution, and hedonistic rituals. Could one of the sect's members be the killer? Will Reiko risk her marriage to Sano in order to prove Haru's innocence? Set in the luscious finery of the samurai court of medieval Japan, this latest installment in the best-selling series by Laura Joh Rowland, is filled with shocking surprises and suspense as readers are once again allowed access into the world of Sano Ichiro.

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    The Samurai's Wife
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781429961677
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Far from the Shogun's court at Edo, Most Honorable Investigator Sano Ichiro begins the most challenging case of his career. Upon the insistence of his strong-willed and beautiful wife Reiko, Sano arrives with her at the emperor's palace to unmask the murderer--who possesses the secret of kiai, "the spirit city," a powerful scream that can kill instantly. A high Kyoto official is the victim. Treading carefully through a web of spies, political intrigue, forbidden passions, and intricate plots, Sano and Reiko must struggle to stay ahead of the palace storm--and outwit a cunning killer. But as they soon discover, solving the case means more than their survival. For if they fail, Japan could be consumed in the bloodiest war it has ever seen... A legendary land comes alive in this compelling murder mystery set in seventeenth-century Japan. Filled with finely drawn characters and suspenseful plot twists, Laura Joh Rowland's The Samurai's Wife is a novel as complex, vivid, and artful as the glorious, lost world it portrays.

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    The Way of the Traitor
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN : 9780061010903
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A volatile, corrupt city threatened by toreign invasion and ru by an iron-fisted government, Nagasaki is the last place Sano Ichiro wants to be, Unfortunately, the shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People has been banished there by a wicked adversary in the shogun's court. Surrounded by spies, Sano must tread carefully. When the body of a Dutch trader washes ashore, he finds himself leading an investigation that could push Japan into war -- even as it thrusts his life into the hands of powerful enemies. Sano has to unmask a killer and prove his innocence, or his samurai head, and maybe his country, will fall.

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    The Dragon King's Palace
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781429908474
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Once again, Laura Joh Rowland's dazzling combination of history and storytelling draws us into a sumptuous and treacherous world, in The Dragon King's Palace. 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 Ichiro, the shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People; Reiko's friend Midori, nine months pregnant; and Lady Yanagisawa, the deranged wife of the shogun's powerful second-in-command. None of them look forward to the trip. But their troubles have only begun when their procession is stopped suddenly on a deserted road. The entire retinue is viciously slaughtered and the four women are bound and taken away, imprisoned by a mysterious kidnapper. Sano now finds himself faced with the most important case of his career. The shogun demands quick action, and under the threat of death, Sano is forced to work with his bitter enemies---Chamberlain Yanagisawa and Police Commissioner Hoshina. The women are in imminent danger, and the delivery of a ransom note only complicates matters---forcing both Sano and Reiko to take desperate measures.

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    The Iris Fan
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9781466847439
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • 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 is in tatters, and a bizarre new alliance between his two enemies Yanagisawa and Lord Ienobu has left him puzzled and wary. Sano's onetime friend Hirata is a reluctant conspirator in a plot against the ruling regime. Yet, Sano's dedication to the Way of the Warrior—the samurai code of honor—is undiminished. Then a harrowing, almost inconceivable crime takes place. In his own palace, the shogun is stabbed with a fan made of painted silk with sharp-pointed iron ribs. Sano is restored to the rank of chief investigator to find the culprit. This is the most significant, and most dangerous, investigation of his career. If the shogun's heir is displeased, he will have Sano and his family put to death without waiting for the shogun's permission, then worry about the consequences later. And Sano has enemies of his own, as well as unexpected allies. As the previously unimaginable death of the shogun seems ever more possible, Sano finds himself at the center of warring forces that threaten not only his own family but Japan itself. Riveting and richly imagined, with a magnificent sense of time and place, The Iris Fan is the triumphant conclusion to Laura Joh Rowland's brilliant series of thrillers set in feudal Japan.

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    The Assassin's Touch
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 1429908483
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • 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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    The Iris Fan
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Pages : 351
  • ISBN : 9781250047069
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • In 1709 Japan, Sano Ichiro, dedicated to the samurai code of honor, is restored to the rank of chief investigator when the shogun is stabbed with a fan made of painted silk with sharp-pointed iron ribs—a case that, if the shogun's heir is displeased with the outcome, will result in his death. By the author of The Fire Kimono.

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    A Sano Ichiro Collection
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 960
  • ISBN : 9781250108289
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Fiction
  • 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 protect the people of Edo, his family, and his honor in these compelling thrillers. The Concubine's Tattoo Sano Ichiro, the Shogun's most honorable investigator, is summoned to the imperial palace to find the murderer of a young concubine poisoned while applying a lover's tattoo. Sano's new bride, Reiko, insists on helping him with the case. Reiko's samurai blood and warrior's skill alarm her new husband, who expected a docile wife. But Reiko is only the first of many surprises... The Samurai's Wife 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 recognizes that her help on his cases can be invaluable, he sometimes longs for a more traditional wife. Still, when a botched case and the resulting loss of face sends Sano to the Imperial city to find a killer whose methods are as terrifying as they are elusive, Sano needs the talents of his wife more than ever to infiltrate the emperor's inner circle. Black Lotus When Sano Ichiro is called on to investigate the burning of a cottage belonging to the Black Lotus Temple, he makes a shocking discovery. The three victims of the blaze were murdered before the fire even began. Sano's search for a killer leads him to Haru, an orphan girl found at the scene of the crime. But Sano's wife, Reiko, investigating the case against Sano's wishes, is convinced of Haru's innocence. Behind the walls of the Black Lotus Temple she discovers a sect involved in extortion, prostitution, and hedonistic rituals. Could one of the sect's members be the killer? Now Reiko must risk her marriage to Sano in order to prove Haru's innocence...

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    The Concubine's Tattoo
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781429908436
  • Reader Reviews : 8
  • Genre : Fiction
  • 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 of an exotic land. Sano Ichiro, the Shogun's most honorable investigator, is summoned to the imperial palace to find the murderer of Harume, a young concubine poisoned while applying a lover's tattoo. Sano's new bride, Reiko, insists on helping him with the case. Reiko's samurai blood and warrior's skill alarm her new husband, who expected a docile wife. But Reiko is only the first of many surprises... As subtle as the finest lacquered screen, as powerful as the slash of a sword, The Concubine's Tattoo vividly brings to life a story of murder, jealousy, sexual intrigue, and political storms that keeps us under its spell until the final, shattering scene.

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    The Concubine's Tattoo
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Paperbacks
  • Pages : 376
  • ISBN : 0312969228
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Twenty months spent as the shogun's sosakan-sama--most honorable investigator of events, situations, and people--has left Sano Ichiro weary. He looks forward to the comforts that his arranged marriage promises: a private life with a sweet, submissive wife and a month's holiday to celebrate their union. However, the death of the shogun's favorite concubine interrupts the couple's wedding ceremony and shatters any hopes the samurai detective had about enjoying a little peace with his new wife. After Sano traces the cause of Lady Harume's death to a self-inflicted tattoo, he must travel into the cloistered, forbidden world of the shogun's women to untangle the complicated web of Harume's lovers, rivals, and troubled past, and identify her killer. To make matters worse, Reiko, his beautiful young bride, reveals herself to be not a traditional, obedient wife, but instead, a headstrong, intelligent, aspiring detective bent on helping Sano with his new case. Sano is horrified at her unladylike behavior, and the resulting sparks make their budding love as exciting as they mystery surrounding Lady Harume's death. Amid the heightened tensions and political machinations of feudal Japan, Sano faces a daunting complex investigation. As subtle as the finest lacquered screen, as powerful as the slash of a sword, Laura Joh Rowland's The Concubine's Tattoo vividly brings to life a story of murder, jealousy, sexual intrigue, and political storms that keeps is in its spell until the final, shattering scene.

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    Re Jane
  • Author : Patricia Park (Fiction writer)
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 354
  • ISBN : 9780525427407
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Jane Re is a Korean-American orphan, and Queens is her home. Jane toils in her Uncle's grocery store, desperate for an escape. When she lands a job as an au pair for the Mazer-Farleys - Brooklyn English professors with an adopted Chinese daughter - Jane is thrilled. Introduced into a whole new life that's worlds apart from the traditional Korean community she knows, she finds herself surrounded by organic food co-ops and 19th-Century novels. An original, contemporary recasting of Jane Eyre, Re Jane is a funny, moving novel about being true to yourself.

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    The Perfumed Sleeve
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Paperbacks
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 0312992084
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • Sano Ichiro, Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People is faced with his most challenging case when he investigates the death of Senior Elder Makino, the shogun's most trusted adviser. There is only one puzzling clue-a torn, perfumed sleeve of a kimono. Under the watchful eyes of the shogun's cousin, Lord Matsudaira, and the shogun's second-in-command, Chamberlain Yanagisaw, Sano moves with caution. For each is eager to implicate the other in Makino's death. But Sano must determine whether the death was indeed murder, and if so, whether it was motivated by politics, love, or sex. When a second violent death occurs, Sano is faced with several suspects, each with a compelling motive. Was it Agemaki, Makino's stone-faced second wife; Okitsu, his beautiful young concubine; Koheiji, his handsome male houseguest; or Tamura, his faithful retainer? Or was it a political assassination? With the help of his wife, Reiko, Sano must solve the murder as he discovers just how intertwined desire and danger really are...

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    The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 1250055482
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • 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 can drink, revel, and enjoy the favors of beautiful courtesans. But on a cold winter's dawn, Sano Ichiro--the shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People--must visit Yoshiwara on a most unpleasant mission. Within a house of assignation reserved for the wealthiest, most prominent men, a terrible murder has occurred. In a room that reeks of liquor and sex, the shogun's cousin and heir, Lord Mitsuyoshi, lies dead, a flowered hairpin embedded in his eye, in the bed of the famous courtesan, Lady Wisteria. The shogun demands quick justice, but Sano's path is blocked by many obstacles, including the disappearance of Wisteria and her pillow book, a diary that may contain clues. The politics of court life, the whims of the shogun, and interference by his long time rival, Edo's Chief Police Commissioner Hoshina, also hinder Sano in his search for the killer. Sano's wife, Lady Reiko, is eager to help him, but he fears what she may uncover. When suspicion of murder falls upon Sano himself, he must find the real murderer to solve the case and clear his name. Once again, "an exotic setting, seventeenth-century Japan, and a splendid mystery...make for grand entertainment" (New York Daily News).

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    The Samurai's Wife
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 302
  • ISBN : 1250035783
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • 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 help recognizing that her help on his cases can be invaluable, he sometimes longs for a more traditional wife. Still, when a botched case and the resulting loss of face send Sano to the Imperial city to find a killer whose methods are as terrifying as they are elusive, Sano needs the talents of his wife more than ever to inflitrate the emperor's inner circle. Rowland's series "positively smokes with historical atmospherics" (Publishers Weekly), and THE SAMURAI'S WIFE is her most intricate and compelling novel to date.

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    The Ronin's Mistress
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 1250015235
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • 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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    Black Lotus
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 125002563X
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • 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. Veteran samurai-detective Sano Ichiro, the Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations and People, is called on to investigate the incident. He quickly discovers that despite appearances, the victims did not die in the fire: they were brutally murdered before the fire even began. With a triple homicide on his hands, Sano's search for a killer leads him to Haru, the orphan girl found at the scene of the crime. But Sano's wife Reiko, investigating the case against Sano's wishes, is convinced of Haru's innocence. Reiko's investigation leads her behind the walls of the Black Lotus Temple. It is within these walls that she discovers a sect involved in extortion, prostitution, and hedonistic rituals. Could one of the sect's members be the killer? Will Reiko risk her marriage to Sano in order to prove Haru's innocence? Set in the luscious finery of the samurai court of medieval Japan, this latest installment in the best-selling series by Laura Joh Rowland, is filled with shocking surprises and suspense as readers are once again allowed access into the world of Sano Ichiro.

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    The Incense Game
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1250031117
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • An RT Book Review Magazine Reviewers' Choice Award Winner In the wake of a terrifying earthquake, Sano Ichirō races to solve a crime that could bring down the shogun's regime Japan, 1703. A devastating earthquake has left the city of Edo in shambles—even the shogun's carefully regulated court is teetering on the brink of chaos. This is no time for a murder investigation. But when Sano discovers the bodies of two young sisters buried beneath the rubble, he suspects that incense poisoning, not the earthquake, killed them. Worse yet, their father, a powerful nobleman, threatens to topple the vulnerable regime unless Sano agrees to track down his daughters’ killer. With the help of his wife, Reiko, and his chief retainer, Hirata, Sano begins a secret investigation that jeopardizes his whole family. And with Hirata mysteriously neglecting his duties and an old foe plotting to overthrow Sano and the shogun himself, the shockwaves from the earthquake are only the beginning. In The Incense Game, Laura Joh Rowland's most powerful and evocative thriller yet, Sano and his wife strive to solve the case in a world that is crumbling around them.

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    Jane and the Genius of the Place
  • Author : Stephanie Barron
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Pages : 383
  • ISBN : 9780553578393
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Fiction
  • For everyone who loves Jane Austen...The fourth engaging mystery in the series that recasts the well-loved author as a sleuth! In the waning days of summer, Jane Austen is off to the Canterbury Races, where the rich and fashionable gamble away their fortunes. It is an atmosphere ripe for scandal—but even Jane is unprepared for the shocking drama that unfolds. A flamboyant French beauty, known for her brazen behavior, is found gruesomely strangled in a shabby chaise. While many urge the arrest of a known scoundrel with eyes for the victim, Jane looks further afield and finds a number of acquaintances behaving oddly. As rumors spread like wildfire that Napoleon's fleet is bound for Kent, Jane suspects that the murder was an act of war rather than a crime of passion. Suddenly the peaceful fields of Kent are a very dangerous place...and Jane's thirst for justice may exact the steepest price of all—her life.

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    Pelagia And The Red Rooster
  • Author : Boris Akunin
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 9780297855804
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The next caper in the Sister Pelagia mystery from the bestselling author of THE WINTER QUEEN. Returning from the Synod in St Petersburg - and an official rebuke of her crime-fighting ways - Sister Pelagia finds herself aboard a steamer dodging pickpockets, zealots and a sinister man with a detachable eye. But a brutal murder in the next cabin spells the end of her sleuthing retirement, and the start of an investigation that will take her to the Holy Land and far beyond. Pelagia's journey is peppered with tales of miracles and roosters, and caves that act as portals to other worlds. But an assassin is closing in, pursuing the sister to the land of the Gospels where her criminal enquiry becomes a spiritual enquiry as she sets down her knitting needles to question the very foundations of her faith...

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    Die Rache des Samurai: Sano Ichirōs zweiter Fall
  • Author : Laura Joh Rowland
  • Publisher : dotbooks
  • Pages : 501
  • ISBN : 9783966553735
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • Wenn Freund von Feind nicht mehr zu unterscheiden ist: Der historische Krimi »Die Rache des Samurai« von Laura Joh Rowland als eBook bei dotbooks. Japan 1689. Nur langsam findet sich der Samurai Sano Ichirō in seiner neuen Rolle des »höchst ehrenwerten Ermittlers von Ereignissen, Gegebenheiten und Personen« zurecht. Da befiehlt ihn der Shogun persönlich zu sich und erteilt Sano einen delikaten Auftrag: Ein Mörder schleicht des Nachts durch Edo und bedient sich einer, eigentlich längst in Vergessenheit geratenen, grausamen Sitte. Er schneidet seinen Opfern den Kopf ab und präsentiert sie in den Straßen der Hauptstadt als Bundori, als Kriegstrophäe. Sano Ichirō läuft die Zeit davon, denn mit jedem weiteren Mord erhöht sich der Druck, den Fall zu lösen – und am Hofe des Shoguns ist nicht jeder an einer Aufklärung interessiert. Schon bald muss Sano erkennen, dass die tödlichste Gefahr nicht in den Schatten der nächtlichen Straßen lauert, sondern in den Fluren und Audienzsälen des Palastes! »Ein mörderisches Vergnügen!« Hamburger Abendblatt Jetzt als eBook kaufen und genießen: Der packende historische Kriminalroman »Die Rache des Samurai« von Laura Joh Rowland. Ein Roman aus der Bestsellerserie um Sano Ichirō – die einzelnen Bücher können unabhängig voneinander gelesen werden. Wer liest, hat mehr vom Leben: dotbooks – der eBook-Verlag.

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    Monster of the Twentieth Century
  • Author : Robert Thomas Tierney
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN : 9780520961593
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  • Genre : History
  • This extended monograph examines the work of the radical journalist Kotoku Shusui and Japan’s anti-imperialist movement of the early twentieth century. It includes the first English translation of Imperialism (Teikokushugi), Kotoku’s classic 1901 work. Kotoku Shusui was a Japanese socialist, anarchist, and critic of Japan’s imperial expansionism who was executed in 1911 for his alleged participation in a plot to kill the emperor. His Imperialism was one of the first systematic criticisms of imperialism published anywhere in the world. In this seminal text, Kotoku condemned global imperialism as the commandeering of politics by national elites and denounced patriotism and militarism as the principal causes of imperialism. In addition to translating Imperialism, Robert Tierney offers an in-depth study of Kotoku’s text and of the early anti-imperialist movement he led. Tierney places Kotoku’s book within the broader context of early twentieth-century debates on the nature and causes of imperialism. He also presents a detailed account of the different stages of the Japanese anti-imperialist movement. Monster of the Twentieth Century constitutes a major contribution to the intellectual history of modern Japan and to the comparative study of critiques of capitalism and colonialism.

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    The Pastoral Possessions of New South Wales ..
  • Author : William Hanson
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 552
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105047382580
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  • Genre : New South Wales
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