Black Arrow (Sugawara Akitada Series #4)by I. J. Parker
I. J. Parker's engrossing historical novels bring eleventh-century Japan to life in all its colorful, treacherous glory. As Black Arrow opens, Sugawara Akitada assumes his new post as provisional governor of Echigo, a frigid/i>/b>
In I. J. Parker's latest mystery set in ancient Japan, a cold and hostile land pits Akitada against his deadliest foe yet
I. J. Parker's engrossing historical novels bring eleventh-century Japan to life in all its colorful, treacherous glory. As Black Arrow opens, Sugawara Akitada assumes his new post as provisional governor of Echigo, a frigid province in the far north notorious for its hostility to outsiders. But the snow that threatens to completely isolate the region is the least of his problems-which include a local uprising, a series of brutal murders, and a mystery that's as old as the frozen hills and a lot more dangerous. Superbly written and rich in period detail, Black Arrow is another bravura performance from a master of the historical thriller.
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I. J. Parker, winner of the Shamus Award for "Akitada’s First Case," a short story published in 1999, lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She writes regularly for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
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This is the first book I have read by I J Parker and this historical novel explains life in Northern Japan'Echigo', during the eleventh-century in colorful detail. Life in Echigo for Akitada with its hostility to outsiders, creates conflicts of territorial control vs imperial or government control in order to solve a series of brutal murders. The detail of the Takata Manor provides insight on the strategic fortification for battle. Superbly written, Black Arrow is a fascinating historical thriller.