Island Of Exiles by I. J. ParkerIsland Of Exiles by I. J. Parker

Island Of Exiles

byI. J. Parker

Paperback | September 25, 2007

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In I.J. Parker's newest mystery set in eleventh-century Japan, Akitada disguises himself as a prisoner to solve the, murder of a prince

As her audience grows with each evocative historical thriller featuring Sugawara Akitada, I. J. Parker returns with a gripping tale of political intrigue and cold-blooded murder in ancient Japan. When the exiled Prince Okisada, the most illustrious prisoner of the penal colony on Sado Island, is poisoned, Akitada is called upon by the emperor's envoys to investigate incognito. Posing as a prisoner, he discovers a deadly conspiracy, only to fall into the hands of brutal guards and disappear. It falls to Tora, Akitada's devoted assistant, to begin his own dangerous search of the island for his lost friend and the truth.
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:Island Of ExilesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.71 × 5.04 × 0.82 inPublished:September 25, 2007Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143112597

ISBN - 13:9780143112594

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Mystery Book 5 of Sugawara Akitada mystery This story is set in the exotic world of the 11th century Imperial Japan. The timely death of exiled and disgraced Prince Okisada of apparent poisoning on Sado Island, a penal colony, sends Provincial detective Sigawara Akitada undercover as a convict in order to get to the root of the plot and uncover the real killer. There he finds more than he bargains for and ends up putting his own life on the line…. This is the first I have read of this series and I found it enjoyable without having read the previous novels, it appears to stand on its own. It is a very gripping and intriguing tale, the scenes were so detailed you are immersed into the aspects of life and the culture of the period, transporting you in time. The cast is enormous but easy to follow; all the characters are strong and appealing in their own way. I love the fact the author depicts her characters with all their weaknesses and strengths, no one emerges untouched giving the story an allure of credibility. The Imperial Police are portrayed as mean and cruel, although entertaining I hated them and wished them ill fate from the start. The best part of the book was when Akitada was sent to the mines. The author’s account was so real I could hear the panic screams from the convicts entering the dark and choking tunnels, feel the weight of the baskets jerking their bodies leaving their muscles strained and weak…hear the bones cracking…the escape was even more eerie.... I.J. Parker is a terrific mystery writer. I think I am hooked, now I have to read the previous novels.
Date published: 2008-11-15