Shinju by Laura Joh Rowland


byLaura Joh Rowland

Mass Market Paperback | May 29, 2001

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When beautiful, wealthy Yukiko and low-born artist Noriyoshi are found drowned together in a shinju, or ritual double suicide, everyone believes the culprit was forbidden love. Everyone but newly appointed yoriki Sano Ichiro.

Despite the official verdict and warnings from his superiors, the shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People suspects the deaths weren't just a tragedy -- they were murder. Risking his family's good name and his own life, Sano will search for a killer across every level of society -- determined to find answers to a mystery no one wants solved. No one but Sano...

As subtle and beautiful as the culture it evokes, Shinju vividly re-creates a world of ornate tearooms and guady pleasure-palaces, cloistered mountaintop convents and dealthy prisons.

Part love story, part myster, Shinju is a tour that will dazzle and entertain all who enter its world.

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Title:ShinjuFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.12 inPublished:May 29, 2001Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0061009504

ISBN - 13:9780061009501

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Not since Shogun has the lush and exotic world of ancient Japan been revealed in all its rich and fascinating detail. Beautiful, wealthy Yukiko and the lowly artist Nuriyoshi have been found dead, drowned together in a ritual double suicide or shinju. It is tragic, but these things happen. Only, one man is unsatisfied with the official report.

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"Nearly impossible to put down." --"The Washington Post Book World" "An exotic and beguiling mystery story: a tour de force of imagination." --Robert Harris, author of "Fatherland"" interesting...exciting tale."--"The New York Times Book Review""An unusual and exotic mystery."--"San Diego Union-Tribune