The Concubine's Tattoo (Sano Ichiro Series #4)

The Concubine's Tattoo (Sano Ichiro Series #4)

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by Laura Joh Rowland
     
 

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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

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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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“[Rowland] expertly invokes an exotic world--in its difference and brooding darkness--that can be confused with no other.” —The Times-Picayune

“Rowland has a painter's eye for the minutiae of court life, as well as a politician's ear for intrigue, so the sleuthing is conducted amid sumptuous scene of imperial excess and under the watch of imperious villains.” —The New York Times Book Review

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When a 17th-century shogun's favorite concubine suddenly dies, it falls to his chief investigator, Sano Ichiro, to discover how and why. Sano must interrupt his plans for a honeymoon; contend with an educated, wayward, and sleuthing wife; foil the wily machinations of his evil arch-nemesis (second-in-command to and longtime lover of the shogun); and still keep peace with his pusillanimous employer. A fascinating, well-researched, and action-filled costume adventure, perhaps even better than Rowland's The Way of the Traitor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312969226
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/15/2000
Series:
Sano Ichiro Series, #4
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.78(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.02(d)

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A richly crafted novel set in seventeenth century Japan, The Concubine's Tatoo unfolds with all the excitement of a superb mystery and a sweeping, sensuous portrait of an exotic land.

Meet the Author

LAURA JOH ROWLAND is the author of the Sano Ichiro mysteries, 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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Concubine's Tattoo (Sano Ichiro Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
passionate love story not one but many in tangled in this complicated mystery.you'll want to join in on the many investigations. i want to have the strength of reiko and the loyalty of sano. loved every word. beautifully written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fans of Investigator Sano Ichiro don't miss this latest installment! Mystery fans who haven't read Laura Rowland's work before, be prepared for a treat. It is an engrossing tale that transports you into the heart of Tokugawa Japan.
AlyssaHaley More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much it's ridiculous! 
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A good while back, this was the first book I ever read in the series - and it got me hooked on it, along with my brother. The attention to detail and character is amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. This was the 2nd book of her series that I read. It has an amazing plot and extrodinary charaters! I highly reccomend this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this one better than the third book. Sano is back home and getting married. Of course as soon as he is married he is called to investigate the death of one of the Shogun's concubines. I like this story. Rowland expands the characters of Sano and his sidekick Hirata, she also adds the character of Reiko as his non-submissive, untraditional wife. The addition of other characters in Sano's inner circle and adding depth to them adds to the story. The same adding of characters also threatens to take away from the overall series because along with Reiko other characters are also added. You can see the possibility of having too many characters coming into a story and making it more confusing or convoluted. But for this book it works. I give it a B on the StuPage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first time to read one of her books. I loved the amount of detail she put into the book. I felt like i was in Japan. I believe I learned all about a Japanese culture. I can't wait to read the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Rowland's novels, but I didn't find this one up to her usual caliber. However, I still wait for her next with great anticipation.
andoroh More than 1 year ago
I couldn't even last through the first 3 chapters of this book. It's horrible.... The idea is really dumb from my perspective, the main character is so in love with his new wife (that he hasn't seen yet), that when he finds out that his concubine is dead he doesn't react like a normal human being (at least in his thoughts). The guy was sleeping with the woman and he doesn't react in anyway except that his wedding day is ruined and that he won't hump his wife for another day....WOW!!!!! There's a lot of rollercoaster of emotions going on there.