The Perfumed Sleeve (Sano Ichiro Series #9)

The Perfumed Sleeve (Sano Ichiro Series #9)

by Laura Joh Rowland
4.6 6

Paperback(Mass Market Paperback - First Edition)

View All Available Formats & Editions

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Eligible for FREE SHIPPING


The Perfumed Sleeve (Sano Ichiro Series #9) by Laura Joh Rowland

November 1694. The streets of Edo are erupting in violence as two factions struggle for control over the ruling Tokugawa regime. One is led by the shogun's cousin, Lord Matsudaira, and the other by the shogun's second-in-command, Chamberlain Yanagisawa. Each side pressures Sano Ichiro, the shogun's most honorable investigator, to join its ranks.

When one of the shogun's most trusted advisers is found dead, Sano is forced to honor a posthumous request for a murder investigation. Senior Elder Makino believed that his death would be the result of assassination rather than natural causes. Although he and Sano were bitter enemies, Makino knew that the incorruptible Sano would be duty-bound to oblige his final wish.

Under the watchful eyes and thinly veiled threats of both Lord Matsudaira and Chamberlain Yanagisawa, Sano moves with caution. Each is eager to implicate the other in Makino's death. Sano must discover whether the death was indeed murder, and if so, whether it was motivated by politics, love, or sex. The discovery of secret alliances, both romantic and military, further complicates matters. Sano's investigation has barely begun when violent death claims another of the shogun's favorites.

With his wife, Reiko, working undercover, Sano and his chief retainer, Hirata, must not only investigate multiple deaths, but stem the tide of an impending civil war, in Laura Joh Rowland's The Perfumed Sleeve.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312992088
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/05/2005
Series: Sano Ichiro Series , #9
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.85(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 Perfumed Sleeve is the ninth in her widely acclaimed series featuring Sano Ichiro.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Perfumed Sleeve (Sano Ichiro Series #9) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1694 Edo, violence explodes between supporters of the shogun's cousin Lord Matsudaira and followers of the shogun's second-in-command Chamberlain Yanagisawa as both side lay claim as the successor. This leads to the death of elderly councilman Makino Narisada though his demise seems of natural causes. The deceased¿s valet asks the shogun's investigator Sano Ichiro, to look into his death........................... Sano quickly finds clues that make him reconsider his initial thought of old age as the cause. When the political rivals realize that Sano aided by his capable wife investigates, they quickly blame their opponent of committing murder. Sano still has some lingering doubts that a homicide occurred, but finds that he is caught in the midst of deadly secret alliances as other die too................................ Though the murder investigation sometimes takes a back seat to the incredible look at late seventeenth century Japan, historical mystery readers will find Laura Joh Rowland¿s latest tale fresh and fascinating. Sano remains one of the great protagonists of the last few years as he tries to walk a path in which two super heavyweights try to pull him into their respective side of the power struggle. The support cast enhances insight into the era and the hero more so than the inquiries. Readers who enjoy a deep insightful examination of a bygone period will want to read PERFUMED SLEEVE and the previous novels of this solid series (see The Dragon King's Palace).......................... Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago