It is June 1964 when four women, including Sano Ichiro's wife, are kidnapped and imprisoned in the tower of a ruined palace. Sano Ichiro is directed by his shogun under penalty of death to work with his sworn enemies, Yangisawa and Hoshina, in order to secure the women's freedom.
It is June 1694, and Reiko, the beautiful wife of Sano Ichiro; Reiko's friend, Midori; the shogun's mother; and Lady Yanagisawa, wife of the shogun's powerful second-in-command, are kidnapped en route to Mount Fuji and imprisoned in the tower of a ruined palace. The shogun demands quick action - and under the threat of death, Sano is forced to work with his sworn enemies, Yangisawa and Hoshina. The women are in imminent danger and the delivery of a ransom note only complicates the situation - revealing a surprising target for the kidnapper's plot, and creating another impossible situation for Sano.
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"A lively dissection of the samurai code of honor, sexual dishonor, palace infighting, and ancient Japanese mores." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Think James Clavell meets Raymond Chandler." -San Francisco Chronicle "Rowland uses her fine eye for detail to portray the intricate surface and roiling underbelly of life in a tightly structured, controlled society. Her Japan is a mix of Kabuki theater-like stylized formality, palace intrigue, and physical action that would do a martial arts movie proud." -Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) "Rowland's masterful evocation of the period enable the reader to identify with the universal human emotions and drives that propel her characters while absorbing numerous telling details of a different culture and era."-Publishers Weekly "The story line remains fresh though this is Sano's eighth tale because of the insightful look at an era when palace intrigue rivaled Machiavelli and samurai code rules."-Midwest Book Review "A lively dissection of the samurai code of honor, sexual dishonor, palace infighting, and ancient Japanese mores."-Kirkus Reviews
About Laura Joh Rowland
Laura Joh Rowland, the granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants, was educated at the University of Michigan and now lives in New Orleans with her husband. "The Dragon King's Palace "is the eighth novel in her widely acclaimed series featuring Sano Ichiro.
The Dragon King's Palace by Laura Joh Rowland
Laura Joh Rowland
Sano Ichiro Mystery
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