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This is the sixth book in the Sugawara Akitada series which takes place in 11th Century Japan.
Sugawara has progressed to a post as senior secretary in the Ministry of Justice,but has made an enemy of his superior. At the same time as working in the Ministry,he is attempting to clear the name of an old friend who has died in exile,for a crime he did not commit.
Tora,his servant is investigating the death of a blind street singer,who he is determined to avenge.
Another well written and researched story of ancient times. ( )
  devenish | Jul 19, 2013 |
I can hardly praise this title any more highly than I already have praised earlier titles in the series; they are all exquisite. One noteworthy aspect is that the quality of the series is even throughout. They are all suspenseful, highly realistic, full of detail, intellectually fulfilling by way of the unfolding of the analytical thought process of the detective solving these mysteries in a time of no technilogical aids, such a fingerprinting, cell phones, cameras, or DNA matching. One also hears the Japanese social theories and philosophies through this character while also hearing and seeing universal problems and secret pains. Wonderful detail delivers a delightful and realistic experience in each novel. ( )
  herbcat | Dec 11, 2011 |
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A latest entry in a series inspired by eleventh-century Japanese life finds Ministry of Justice senior secretary Lord Sugawara Akitada investigating the murder of a man who was wrongfully exiled, a case that is complicated by the baffling death of a blind street singer.… (more)

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