By Laura Joh Rowland
Twenty months spent because the shogun's sosakan-sama--most honorable investigator of occasions, occasions, and people--has left Sano Ichiro weary. He appears to be like ahead to the comforts that his prepared marriage gives you: a personal existence with a candy, submissive spouse and a month's vacation to have a good time their union. even if, the dying of the shogun's favourite concubine interrupts the couple's marriage ceremony and shatters any hopes the samurai detective had approximately having fun with a bit peace along with his new spouse.
After Sano strains the reason for woman Harume's loss of life to a self-inflicted tattoo, he needs to shuttle into the cloistered, forbidden global of the shogun's ladies to untangle the complex net of Harume's enthusiasts, competitors, and prior, and determine her killer. To make issues worse, Reiko, his attractive younger bride, unearths herself to be now not a conventional, obedient spouse, yet in its place, a headstrong, clever, aspiring detective bent on assisting Sano together with his new case. Sano is horrified at her unladylike habit, and the ensuing sparks make their budding love as fascinating as they secret surrounding woman Harume's demise. Amid the heightened tensions and political machinations of feudal Japan, Sano faces a frightening advanced investigation.
As refined because the most interesting lacquered monitor, as robust because the cut down of a sword, Laura Joh Rowland's The Concubine's Tattoo vividly brings to lifestyles a narrative of homicide, jealousy, sexual intrigue, and political storms that retains is in its spell until eventually the ultimate, shattering scene.
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