Shinju by Laura Joh RowlandShinju 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.

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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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shinjuu: Shogun's Special Investigator Sano Book I This book is excellent. The first of an ongoing series, it introduces Sano, the first fictional police detective of Edo Era of 17th Century Japan. Despite placing the writing of Tale of Genji four hundred years before Shinjuu - which was when it first became popular reading, during the Kamakura Era - Rowland is accurate with the flavour of the day. It's only in recent times that police work stopped employing former criminal as underlings in the field, due to the underlying 'higher moral imperitive' that has become integral to modern day police. Yet Rowland manages to illustrate the inherent corruption that faced the Edo Era bureacracy as it put duty before honor, and face before obligation to the community. The plot is well executed and the outcome surprising. This is one book I would encourage not being turned into a live action movie but into anime because it has that feel. I would recommend the series, and will report to you the further adventures of the Shogun's Special Investigator Sano.
Date published: 2001-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Written and Exceptionally Researched Laura Joh Rowland has outdone herself. This novel is an exceptionally well researched look into feudal Japan. It shows all the cultural subtleties of this very distinct and foreign culture. It, however, isn't as dry as it sounds as the culture and people are only a backdrop to a great mystery. The hero, Sano Ichiro is wonderfully vibrant and engaging. If you like historical mysteries a la Cadfael then give this a try.
Date published: 2000-06-22

From Our Editors

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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