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The Way of the Traitor (Sano Ichiro Mysteries, Book 3) (original 1997; edition 1998)
The Way of the Traitor by Laura Joh Rowland (1997)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061010901, Mass Market Paperback)Samurai Sano Ichiro, our guide through the intricacies of life and death in 17th-century Japan in Laura Joh Rowland's evocative and accessible mysteries (Bundori and Shinju are available in paperback) is called the Shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People. All of these skills--plus a strong sense of survival--are needed in this story about what happens when Dutch traders arrive in Nagasaki in 1690. The foreigners are isolated in a small section of the city, and most ordinary citizens are forbidden to make contact with them--on penalty of beheading. But when the Dutch trade director is found murdered, Sano risks his neck to find the killer and satisfy his curiosity about the world outside his rigorously regimented homeland.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:59:00 -0400)
Sano, a young samurai in seventeenth century Japan is assigned to find a killer who is mounting the heads of his victims as public trophies, but in fulfilling his duty, Sano finds himself at odds with his superior, making it difficult for him to follow the samurai path of right.
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