Japan, 1709. The shogun is old and ailing. Amid the
ever-treacherous intrigue in the court, Sano Ichirō has been
demoted from chamberlain to a lowly patrol guard. Evicted from
their estate inside Edo Castle, he and his family now live in a
hovel in the military district, yet Sano's dedication to the way of
the warrior--the samurai code of honor--is undiminished.
Then a harrowing, almost inconceivable crime takes place. In his
own palace, the shogun is stabbed with a fan made of painted silk
with sharp-pointed iron ribs. Sano is restored to the rank of chief
investigator to find the culprit. This is the most significant, and
most dangerous, investigation of his career. If the shogun's heir
is displeased, he will have Sano and his family put to death
without waiting for the shogun's permission, then worry about the
consequences later. And Sano has enemies of his own, as well as
unexpected allies. As the previously unimaginable death of the
shogun seems ever more possible, Sano finds himself at the center
of warring forces that threaten not only his own family but Japan
Riveting and richly imagined, with a magnificent sense of time and
place, "The Iris Fan" is the triumphant conclusion to Laura Joh
Rowland's brilliant series of thrillers set in feudal Japan.
St Martin's Press
|Country of origin:
Laura Joh Rowland
||235 x 156 x 26mm (L x W x T)
||Hardcover - Cloth over boards / With dust jacket
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