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Publisher's Summary

Japan, March 1700. The strife between Sano Ichir-o, the samurai detective who has risen to power in the shogun's court, and his enemies has escalated to the brink of war.

Called away from the crisis by the shogun's orders to investigate a mysterious skeleton, Sano and his wife, Reiko, must confront dangerous, long-buried secrets. What was Sano's own mother doing on the night when a burning kimono ignited a blaze that nearly destroyed the city? The shogun gives Sano and Reiko just three days to find out - or risk losing not only their position at court but their families' lives as well.

©2008 Laura Joh Rowland; (P)2008 BBc Audiobooks America

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes. The historical and cultural backdrop and the characters are interesting.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The interplay of the politics plus the murder mystery made for a good listen.

Which character ??? as performed by Bernadette Dunne ??? was your favorite?

Sanyo's wife.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

Any additional comments?

would read other books by this author.

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  • Laurel
  • Burnsville, NC, United States
  • 12-24-12

A 17th Cent Japanese Novel- dialogue from Bronx

In the first few minutes of this book, the second in rank to the Shogun tells another character to shove something up his backside. That's when I stopped listening.

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