Black Arrow by I. J. ParkerBlack Arrow by I. J. Parker

Black Arrow

byI. J. Parker

Paperback | November 28, 2006

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In I. J. Parker's latest mystery set in ancient Japan, a cold and hostile land pits Akitada against his deadliest foe yet

I. J. Parker's engrossing historical novels bring eleventh-century Japan to life in all its colorful, treacherous glory. As Black Arrow opens, Sugawara Akitada assumes his new post as provisional governor of Echigo, a frigid province in the far north notorious for its hostility to outsiders. But the snow that threatens to completely isolate the region is the least of his problems-which include a local uprising, a series of brutal murders, and a mystery that's as old as the frozen hills and a lot more dangerous. Superbly written and rich in period detail, Black Arrow is another bravura performance from a master of the historical thriller.
I. J. Parker, winner of the Shamus Award for "Akitada’s First Case," a short story published in 1999, lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She writes regularly for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
Title:Black ArrowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.74 × 5.08 × 0.8 inPublished:November 28, 2006Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143035614

ISBN - 13:9780143035619

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Action-Packed 4th novel featuring Sugawara Akitada The adventure is beautifully written bringing to life 11th century Japan, its action-packed plot is nicely combined with period details. In this story, Akitada and his lieutenants Tora, Hitomaro and Genda are assigned to the remote and lawless province of Echigo to govern a hostile population and its treacherous warlords. They quickly become entangle in a murder investigation of an innkeeper and many other out of control situations. Forcing them, against all odds and risk to their lives to take up arms and bring the province back under the ultimate control of the Emperor. This novel has a cast of fine characters, real to life, although none shine on their own. The narration is crisp and offers chilling moments with many surprises, the writing skilfully brings to the forefront the brutality of the period. I found even with its many twists the plot to be a bit predictable, removing some of the suspense.The reader will find the battle scenes to be very graphic, definitely not for the faint of heart. This historical thriller is an entertaining addition to the series.
Date published: 2009-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A writer of great talent I have read three of the books in the Akitada series and cannot wait to read the rest. Mesmerising historical settings, characters and the plots are fast moving with many twists and turns. "The Hell Screen" is particularly good (a new edition is not yet available).
Date published: 2007-08-05