The Dragon King's Palace

The Dragon King's Palace

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On a whim of the shogun's mother, a procession has left the sweltering heat of Edo, bound for the cooler climate of Mount Fuji. Among her traveling companions are Reiko, the beautiful wife of Sano Ichir_, the shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People; Reiko's friend Midori, nine months pregnant; and Lady Yanagisawa, the deranged wife of the shogun's powerful second-in-command. None of them look forward to the trip. But their troubles have only begun when their procession is stopped suddenly on a deserted road. The entire retinue is viciously slaughtered and the four women are bound and taken away, imprisoned by a mysterious kidnapper.
Sano now finds himself faced with the most important case of his career. The shogun demands quick action, and under the threat of death, Sano is forced to work with his bitter enemies---Chamberlain Yanagisawa and Police Commissioner Hoshina.
The women are in imminent danger, and the delivery of a ransom note only complicates matters---forcing both Sano and Reiko to take desperate measures. Once again, Laura Joh Rowland's dazzling combination of history and storytelling draws us into a sumptuous and treacherous world.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312282660
0312282664
Characteristics: 340 p. ; 24 cm

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maipenrai
Oct 25, 2016

The eighth book in the Sano Ichiro series

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Roundcat
Feb 16, 2013

A breathtaking number of people are involved in trying to rescue Reiko, pregnant Midori, the Shogun's mother and Yanagisawa's wife from the demented kidnapper and his minions. There are limited means of communication in17th century Japan, so a good deal of confusion results, when Sano and Yanagisawa are trying to solve the crime in Edo, while Hirata is following the kidnappers to their lair far away. The shogun and his mother show some backbone for a change, complicating matters further. The ending leaves a lot of political plotting underway. The next book should be interesting.

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