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Sano Ichiro Novels

The Iris Fan: A Novel of Feudal Japan

Laura Joh Rowland

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Product Details
Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781250068323
Published:
01 Sep 2015
Publisher:
Macmillan
Dimensions:
352 pages - 210 x 139 x 23mm
Series:
Sano Ichiro Novels

Japan, 1709. The shogun is old and ailing. Amid the ever-treacherous intrigue in the court, Sano Ichiro has been demoted from chamberlain to a lowly patrol guard. His relationship with his wife Reiko is in tatters, and a bizarre new alliance between his two enemies Yanagisawa and Lord Ienobu has left him puzzled and wary. Sano's onetime friend Hirata is a reluctant conspirator in a plot against the ruling regime. Yet, Sano's dedication to the Way of the Warrior—the samurai code of honor—is undiminished. Then a harrowing, almost inconceivable crime takes place. In his own palace, the shogun is stabbed with a fan made of painted silk with sharp-pointed iron ribs. Sano is restored to the rank of chief investigator to find the culprit. This is the most significant, and most dangerous, investigation of his career. If the shogun's heir is displeased, he will have Sano and his family put to death without waiting for the shogun's permission, then worry about the consequences later. And Sano has enemies of his own, as well as unexpected allies. As the previously unimaginable death of the shogun seems ever more possible, Sano finds himself at the center of warring forces that threaten not only his own family but Japan itself. Riveting and richly imagined, with a magnificent sense of time and place, The Iris Fan is the triumphant conclusion to Laura Joh Rowland's brilliant series of thrillers set in feudal Japan.

The Iris Fan ISBN 9781250047069, The Shogun's Daughter ISBN 9781250049346 and The Incense Game ISBN 9781250031112,

When the shogun's life is threatened, Sano Ichiro faces his biggest challenge yet in the spellbinding conclusion to Laura Joh Rowland's award-winning series set in feudal Japan.

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