The Snow Empress by Laura Joh Rowland
A Thriller (Sano Ichiro Mysteries)

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Japan, 1699: On a moonlit night on the northern frontier island of Ezogashima, a woman is running through the forest when an arrow strikes her dead. Meanwhile, in the city of Edo, the young son of Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective who has risen to power in the shogun’s court, vanishes during a moon-watching festival. When one of Sano’s political rivals hints that the boy was kidnapped—and may be in Ezogashima—he and his wife, Reiko, begin a desperate journey to find their son…only to discover that the local ruler, Lord Matsumae, is holding the entire province hostage for another crime: The murder of his mistress. So Sano strikes a deal: He will solve the mistress’s murder if Matsumae will free the hostages and return his son. Soon, however, Sano and Reiko find themselves caught up in a dangerous scheme that includes clan warfare, bitter jealousy, and murderous betrayal as they race to unravel the mystery of THE SNOW EMPRESS

About Laura Joh Rowland

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LAURA JOH ROWLAND is the author of fifteen previous Sano Ichiro mysteries, which have twice been named Best Mysteries of the Year by Publishers Weekly. She lived through a natural disaster when Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed her house in New Orleans, and now lives in New York City.
Published November 4, 2008 by Minotaur Books. 320 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Shortly thereafter, Sano is summoned to the palace of the shogun, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, where Sano’s chief rival, unpleasant Lord Matsudaira, who has barely escaped the bombing of his villa, accuses Sano of the crime.

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Demonstrating an impressive level of sustained excellence, Rowland’s mysteries set in 17th-century Japan form one of the best recent series in the genre.

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Samurai detective Sano Ichiro and his wife trek to the remote Japanese island of Ezogashima in search of their son, who has been kidnapped by a political adversary.

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The Shogun orders Sano to Hokkaido to find out why the Matsumae clan leader has not come to Edo with the annual tribute.

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