Rashomon Gate

Paperback | February 28, 2006

byI. J. Parker

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From the author of The Dragon Scroll comes an ingenious new novel of murder and malfeasance in ancient Japan, featuring the detective Sugawara Akitada. The son of reduced nobility forced to toil in the Ministry of Justice, Akitada is relieved when an old friend, Professor Hirata, asks him to investigate a friend’s blackmail. Taking a post at the Imperial University, he is soon sidetracked from his primary case by the murder of a young girl and the mysterious disappearance of an old man—a disappearance that the Emperor himself declares a miracle. Rashomon Gate is a mystery of magnificent complexity and historical detail that will leave readers yearning for more.

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From the author of The Dragon Scroll comes an ingenious new novel of murder and malfeasance in ancient Japan, featuring the detective Sugawara Akitada. The son of reduced nobility forced to toil in the Ministry of Justice, Akitada is relieved when an old friend, Professor Hirata, asks him to investigate a friend’s blackmail. Taking a p...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.9 inPublished:February 28, 2006Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143035606

ISBN - 13:9780143035602

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent mystery of Heian period Japan This is an excellent mystery book set in the Heian period Of Japanese history (approximately 1,000 years ago). The characters are extremely well written and very likeable, something that does not always occur with historical drama. Though it’s not a history book, the historical touches are accurate enough to bring the period to life. As I’ve been fascinated by this period of history for quite a while I was quite delighted to find such an enjoyable novel set in a period before the Samurai. If you’re interested in historical mystery, or Japan in general, be sure to get this book.
Date published: 2006-07-05

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Parker has created a wonderful protagonist in Akitada. (The Boston Globe)