Shinjū

Shinjū

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Baker & Taylor
In seventeenth-century Japan, Sano, a teacher and detective, investigates the ritual "suicide" drownings of a peasant and a noblewoman, supposed star-crossed lovers, and uncovers an intricate plot of political intrigue and murder

Blackwell North Amer
It is January 1689 in Edo, the city that would one day become Tokyo. The bodies of a young man and a beautiful noblewoman, bound together, are dragged from the murky Sumida River: a typical shinju, a ritual double suicide committed by a pair of star-crossed lovers.
But when Sano, a tutor, a samurai, and now a reluctant police officer, begins a routine investigation, he comes to suspect murder. And as he unravels the twisted story behind these deaths, he stumbles upon a trail of deceit and assassination that threatens the very underpinnings of the shogun's Japan.
Shinju is a suspenseful page-turning journey through the seductive world of medieval Japanese culture, politics, and sex. Filled with exceptional detail and color reminiscent of James Clavell, informed by the sort of investigatory suspense that inspired Gorky Park, Shinju merges breathtaking historical fiction with a first-rate detective tale. With this novel, Laura Joh Rowland emerges as a major talent, a powerful writer and entertaining storyteller of the first rank.

Baker
& Taylor

In seventeenth-century Japan, Sano, a teacher and detective, investigates the ritual "suicide" drownings of a peasant and a noblewoman, supposed star-crossed lovers, and uncovers an intricate plot of political intrigue and murder. A first novel. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, [1994]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9780679434221
0679434224
Branch Call Number: MYS Rowland, L 100.1 1994
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 25 cm

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maipenrai
Oct 25, 2016

The first book in the Sano Ichiro series

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Roundcat
Jul 29, 2012

Whoopee! I have a new favorite mystery series. The son of a poor samurai, Sano Ichiro is well educated in history and martial arts. He is also honest, altruistic and good at problem solving. Unfortunately, he's stuck in a bureaucracy that values none of these virtues. He does, however, manage to solve the mystery, fight off a plethora of bad guys, and win a promotion to detective for the Shogun. Since maintaining the power of the Shogun will require constant vigilance to outwit those plotting against him, this promises to keep Sano Ichiro very busy. I have checked the next book, Bundori, out of the library. What fun!

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Lankim
Jan 07, 2011

Sano Ichiro is the son of a Samurai. The series tells of Sano's journey from lowly foot patrol to chief inspector. Along the way he meets and befriends outcasts, encounters many roadblocks, challenges, class bias, and jealous foes. I enjoy reading all of The Sano Ichiro detective series by Ms. Rowland. Reading her books brings me back to my childhood. Reading her books is like watching those old Japanese samurai/detective t.v. Series in my head.

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