The Dragon Scroll

The Dragon Scroll

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In an adventure filled with highway bandits, unscrupulous politicians, and renegade monks, The Dragon Scroll introduces readers to the lively world of eleventh-century Japan and an irrepressible hero--Sugawara Akitada. On his first official assignment, Akitada--an impoverished nobleman and earnest young government clerk in the Ministry of Justice--is sent from the capital city on a nearly impossible mission to the distant province of Kazusa to discover why tax convoys are disappearing. In the politically murky world of the Japanese court, he has been set up to fail. Against the odds, the ever-resourceful Akitada, his elderly servant Seimei, and his impudent bodyguard Tora are determined to fulfill their mission and discover the truth in a town of dangerous secrets.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 131 x 197 x 17mm | 236g
  • The Penguin Press
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0143035320
  • 9780143035329
  • 405,816

Review quote

"Shamus-winner Parker's impressive...Sugawara Akitada mystery deftly pulls the reader into the world of 11th-century Japan. Parker manages the impressive feat of presenting a classic whodunit in an exotic and unfamiliar setting." --Publishers Weekly
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About Ingrid J Parker

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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Rating details

827 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 20% (167)
4 42% (350)
3 29% (237)
2 7% (58)
1 2% (15)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sugawara Akitada's 3rd adventure - fantastic detective series set in Ancient Japan, May 22, 2009 Summary: The third in the series by I.J. Parker, The Dragon Scroll features young Sugawara Akitada, an impoverished samurai of noble birth serving as a government clerk at the Ministry of Justice. Sugawara is assigned to investigate the disappearance of tax convoys in the distant province of Kazusa, a seemingly impossible mission. He is accompanied by his loyal family retainer and trusted companion, Seimei. Along the way, Sugawara and Seimei befriend Tora, an army deserter who becomes his servant, and a familiar character in the Sugawara Akitada series. Sugawara must exercise his full powers of diplomacy as he examines the accounts of the outgoing governor Fujiwara Motosuke, soon-to-be father-in-law of the Emperor and confronts Master Joto, the Abbot of the local temple. It is while hunting down the lost tax convoys, that Sugawara comes across evidence of several seemingly unrelated murders - that of a lady-in-waiting of the imperial household in the capital, of a retired former governor of Kazusa province, of local prostitutes in Fujisawa and Kazusa provinces. Fortunately, Sugawara's good nature and honesty win him friends and allies. He is accompanied by his loyal family retainer and trusted companion, Seimei. Along the way, Sugawara befriends Tora, an army deserter who becomes his servant, and a familiar character in the Sugawara Akitada series. Sugawara is also aided by Higekuro, a crippled instructor in martial arts and Higekuro's two lovely and unconventional daughters. Review: I like escapist fiction very much and I'm partial to detective novels that are set in an unusual time or place. The Sugawara Akitada series, set in Ancient Japan, piqued my interest immediately. The style and language fully communicate a different time and place. The dialogue, interaction between the characters, the description of landscape, customs, and culture work so that you are always aware that the action is going on in a very different time and place. However, at the same time, Sugawara and his colleagues are very accessible and I found myself sympathizing with their problems, heartaches, and difficulties and hoping for their triumphs. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an unusual detective series and with a fondness for Japanese history and more
by Gaby @ Starting Fresh
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