Other Books in Series
This is book number 4 in the Sano Ichiro Novels series.
- #5: The Samurai's Wife: A Novel (Sano Ichiro Novels #5) (Paperback): $20.99
- #6: Black Lotus: A Novel (Sano Ichiro Novels #6) (Paperback): $22.99
- #7: The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria: A Novel (Sano Ichiro Novels #7) (Paperback): $22.99
- #11: Red Chrysanthemum: A Thriller (Sano Ichiro Novels #11) (Paperback): $22.99
- #14: The Cloud Pavilion (Sano Ichiro Mysteries #14) (MP3 CD): $54.95
- #15: The Ronin's Mistress Lib/E: A Novel of Feudal Japan (Sano Ichiro Mysteries #15) (Compact Disc): $79.95
- #16: The Incense Game: A Novel of Feudal Japan (Sano Ichiro Novels #16) (Paperback): $19.99
- #17: The Shogun's Daughter: A Novel of Feudal Japan (Sano Ichiro Novels #17) (Paperback): $18.99
- #18: The Iris Fan: A Novel of Feudal Japan (Sano Ichiro Novels #18) (Paperback): $19.99
A richly crafted novel set in seventeenth-century Japan, Laura Joh Rowland's The Concubine's Tattoo unfolds with all the excitement of a superb murder mystery and a sweeping, sensuous portrait of an exotic land. Sano Ichiro, the Shogun's most honorable investigator, is summoned to the imperial palace to find the murderer of Harume, a young concubine poisoned while applying a lover's tattoo. Sano's new bride, Reiko, insists on helping him with the case. Reiko's samurai blood and warrior's skill alarm her new husband, who expected a docile wife. But Reiko is only the first of many surprises...
As subtle as the finest lacquered screen, as powerful as the slash of a sword, The Concubine's Tattoo vividly brings to life a story of murder, jealousy, sexual intrigue, and political storms that keeps us under its spell until the final, shattering scene.
About the Author
LAURA JOH ROWLAND is the author of the Sano Ichiro mysteries (Shinju, Bundori, and The Way of the Traitor), 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.
“[Rowland] expertly invokes an exotic world--in its difference and brooding darkness--that can be confused with no other.” —The Times-Picayune
“Rowland has a painter's eye for the minutiae of court life, as well as a politician's ear for intrigue, so the sleuthing is conducted amid sumptuous scene of imperial excess and under the watch of imperious villains.” —The New York Times Book Review