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The Fire Kimono (Sano Ichiro Series #13)

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Ms. Rowland has another winner

    I am very bias when it comes to the Sano Ichiro series as I have read them all, and liked everyone of them. Eventhough I do not have a favorite, Fire Kimono, is one of my top five stories.<BR/>Now that his old enemy Yanagisawa has returned (the idiot Shogun has forgiven him for everything), and Sano is now sharing the dubious title of Chamberlain with him - the next book by Ms. Rowland should be very interesting. I found that Sano's mother should have a past (doesn't everyone)to be very revealing and appropriate which explains the real reason she did not want to live inside the castle gates with Sano after his marriage. Again, Sano has to save her and his family from a horrible death (doesn't he always) which will become additional story plot as Rowland develops Sano's mother and her lost love.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Great book which has mystery and Japanese History

    I have been a big fan of the Sano Ichiro series. My only problem is that when I start one of these books, I get nothing else done. I have been to Japan (when I was in the Army)and the places described are historically accurate. I think the author has a wonderful story telling ability. I would recommend that the reader start with the first book (Shinju)to get the basics of the series. I bought the first book for a dollar at the bargain book store, and have bought all the others at B & N.

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

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    I finished this book too soon.... Great Samurai-Fiction book. Sano is my hero, Yanagisawa is the evil one, but I kind of miss him when he is not around. Great book. Can't wait for her next book "The Cloud Pavilion" to be out at the bookstore.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    super Japanese historical thriller

    In 1700 supporters of Lord Matsudaira almost kill Lady Reiko during an attack on her. Chamberlain Sano Ichiro is outraged on the assault of his beloved wife and vows vengeance against his despicable rival Matsudaira although his adversary denies any involvement.

    However, the samurai has to put aside his growing suspicion that a third party attacked his wife when the Shogun orders Sano to investigate the finding of a body buried near a Shinto shrine. Items uncovered next to the corpse imply the deceased is the Shogun's cousin who vanished without a trace four decades ago during an inferno that devastated much of Edo. As the husband and wife investigative team probe the case in which the shogun concedes reluctantly three days to them, they find evidence that implicates Sano's mother Etsuko with the murder.

    THE FIRE KIMONO is one of the best Ichiro Japanese historical thrillers, which says a lot as this long running saga is known for its consistent excellence. The story line contains two strong twists, but it is the second one that shocks the samurai hero as his belief system is torn asunder with what he learns about his mother. Fans will enjoy this super entry as Sano and Reiko have three days to prove his mom was not the bearer of the deadly FIRE KIMONO who killed the shogun's cousin and destroyed Edo; but every clue seems to lead to the conclusion she is.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    Good Book! Good Series!

    As you see I'm a fan of her books.

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  • Posted January 16, 2009

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    Wonderful addition to her already fantastic collection of Sano Ichiro series.

    I expected Yanagisawa to return, but you will never expect the rest. This book keeps the pages turning. In a matter of three nights I had it finished. I will be waiting in suspense for number 14 of this series.

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