I. J. Parker's engrossing historical novels bring 11th-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.
I. J. Parker's engrossing historical novels bring 11th-century Japan to life in all its colorful, treacherous glory. Superbly written and rich in period detail Black Arrow is another bravura performance from a master of the historical thriller.
©2006 I.J. Parker; (P)2008 Books on Tape
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