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The Way of the Traitor (Sano Ichiro Mysteries, Book 3) (original 1997; edition 1998)

by Laura Joh Rowland

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Title:The Way of the Traitor (Sano Ichiro Mysteries, Book 3)
Authors:Laura Joh Rowland
Info:HarperTorch (1998), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, crime, japan, historical fiction, mystery

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The Way of the Traitor by Laura Joh Rowland (1997)



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The Way of the Traitor is the third book in Laura Joh Rowland’s historical mystery series set in feudal Japan. We follow the adventures of Sano Ichiro, recently appointed Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations and People by the Shogun. The Shogun’s jealous favorite arranges to have Sano assigned to an inspection tour of Nagasaki which will remove Sano from the capital for up to a year.

Arriving in Nagasaki and finding it a hotbed of political treachery, Sano becomes involved in the murder investigation of a Dutch trade captain whose mutilated body has washed ashore. Not knowing who to trust, Sano falls victim to a plot that sees him accused of treason. Only the solving of the crime will prove his innocence.

As with all her books, a well researched historical mystery that holds the interest and gives us a colourful and detailed look at Japan in the 1690’s. I would recommend that a reader start with the first book in this series, Shinju, as there is a definite timeline to these mysteries. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Apr 12, 2011 |
First of the Sano Ichiro series.
  booksofcolor | Jul 10, 2009 |
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Like a pale moon, the sun's white globe rose in a mesh of drifting clouds above the eastern hills beyond Nagasaki, the international port city on Kyushu, the westernmost of Japan's four major islands.
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Through the desolate streets of nighttime Edo marched Sano Ichiro, the shogun's sosakan-sama -- Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People.
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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.

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In 1690 Nagasaki, the body of a Dutch trader washes up on the coast where foreign "barbarians" are lodged and guarded. Japan's preeminent detective-samurai, Sano Ichiro, risks his honor and his life to find the killer.

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