The Assassin's Touch (Sano Ichiro Series #10)

The Assassin's Touch (Sano Ichiro Series #10)

by Laura Joh Rowland
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The Assassin's Touch (Sano Ichiro Series #10) by Laura Joh Rowland


It is a lost art, passed down by the ancients in great secrecy: Dim-mak. It is death, by the lightest touch of a finger. Sano Ichiro, tenuous in the new regime as the shogun's second-in-command, does not have the luxury of skepticism-another senior official is dead, a fingerprint lightly glazed into his skin.

DEADLY CRIMESano's wife Reiko has an investigation of her own: a beautiful, proud, and hopelessly poor woman has confessed to murdering her family. Yet the pieces do not fit, and as Reiko looks deeper into the woman's life as a hinin?a moral outcast, shunned by the world-inexplicable connections appear between her investigation and Sano's.

DEADLY TOUCHAs Reiko's questions spiral her further into the squalor of life as a hinin, Sano and Hirata-his most loyal samurai-pursure their prey, uncovering an intricate tapestry of betrayal woven into the highest levels of the new regime. But they are no match for the one who has mastered dim-mak, a warrior who will strike all those who cross him or his path-even Reiko.

"Sano may carry a sword and wear a kimono, but you'll immediately recognize him as an ancestor of Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade."

—The Denver Post

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312992095
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/31/2006
Series: Sano Ichiro Series , #10
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 4.01(w) x 6.01(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Laura Joh Rowland, the granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants, was educated at the University of Michigan and now lives in New Orleans with her husband. The Assassin’s Touch is the tenth book in her widely acclaimed series featuring Sano Ichiro.

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Oh, please! Gimme a break! This is not 17th century Japan. It's a mediocre B-Movie + CSI:Tokyo. The Assassin's Touch is as authentic as California rolls. The characthers are not believable and their attitudes, actions do not correspond to those living in Edo in the late 1600s. Read it if you don't expect much.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1695 at Edo Castle, Japan, the chief of metsuke (spies) Ejima Senzaemon collapses, falls off his horse and dies while crossing the finish line victorious during a horse race. Lord Matsudaira, cousin to The Shogun, controls the shoguns and albeit runs the military dictatorship; he thinks a homicide occurred probably by the followers of the man he defeated former Chamberlain Yanagisawa. He assigns his trusted aid, the current Chamberlain and former criminal investigator Sano Ichiro who has come along since being a Ronin, to investigate the death of Ejima and three other senior government officials....................... Two of the previous three deceased died suddenly in their sleep; the other in a bathtub accident. Sano sees no connection to include the fourth death, but Matsudaira believes a conspiracy to disguise the murders of top officials is occurring. Sano and longtime aid Hirata begins the inquiries that lead to a link to his wife Reiko of a martial-arts adept who seemingly like a ghost uses the mythical dim-mak touch of death to kill his victims without a trace of foul play. If this unknown serial killer is not stopped soon, Sano knows the impact on a government struggling with a counter-insurgence and on his family especially his beloved Reiko.......................... Though Reiko¿s involvement seems too gimmicky and convenient, THE ASSASSIN¿S TOUCH is a terrific Japanese historical police procedural that as is the case with the nine previous novels in the series provides an astute look at Shogun Japan. The story line is action-packed with strong characters especially the hero and his activist wife while also using seventeenth century tidbits to enhance the plot. Fans of the series will enjoy this latest treasure while newcomers will seek other Sano titles.......................... Harriet Klausner