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  • Rashomon Gate

  • By: I. J. Parker
  • Narrated by: Roy Vongtama
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Rashomon Gate

By: I. J. Parker
Narrated by: Roy Vongtama
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Publisher's summary

A riveting historical mystery set amid the exquisite ritual and refined treachery of 11th century Japan.

Sugawara Akitada is the son of impoverished nobility toiling at a low-level job in the Ministry of Justice. When an old friend, Professor Hirata, asks him to investigate a colleague’s blackmail, Akitada takes leave of his stultifying job for a temporary post at the Imperial University. There he finds gossip and rivalry abounding.

A young girl is murdered. An old man mysteriously vanishes, and the Emperor declares it a miracle.

Plunging into a labyrinth of conspiracy among the court’s most esteemed nobles, Akitada must step carefully while gathering clues to the puzzle before him.

"A fascinating investigative procedural...goes down as smooth as a cup of sake with an appropriately powerful kick in the end.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

©2002 I. J. Parker (P)2008 Books on Tape

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Great idea poorly executed

I was looking forward to getting into another historical detective/mystery series after enjoying Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunter novels and this series was recommended. If you are looking to be immersed into 11th century feudal Japan you will probably be disappointed. The use of language feels dumbed down for Americans and the narrators characterization and use of accents for each of the Japanese characters leaves a lot to be desired. Mixed bag.

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