The Iris Fan

The Iris Fan

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When the shogun's life is threatened, Sano Ichir No faces his biggest challenge yet in the spellbinding new thriller in Laura Joh Rowland's award-winning series set in feudal Japan Japan, 1709. The shogun is old and ailing. Amid the ever-treacherous intrigue in the court, Sano Ichir No. has been demoted from chamberlain to a lowly patrol guard. Evicted from their estate inside Edo Castle, he and his family now live in a hovel in the military district, yet Sano's dedication to the way of the warrior-the samurai code of Honor-is undiminished. Then a harrowing, almost inconceivable crime takes place. In his own palace, the shogun is stabbed with a fan made of painted silk with sharp-pointed iron ribs. Sano is restored to the rank of chief investigator to find the culprit. This is the most significant, and most dangerous, investigation of his career. If the shogun's heir is displeased, he will have Sano and his family put to death without waiting for the shogun's permission, then worry about the consequences later. And Sano has enemies of his own, as well as unexpected allies.
As the previously unimaginable death of the shogun seems ever more possible, Sano finds himself at the centre of warring forces that threaten not only his own family but Japan itself.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 161 x 240 x 30mm | 540g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250047064
  • 9781250047069
  • 1,037,553

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"Rowland offers the usual high-stakes suspense, convincing period detail, and nuanced characters you care about. Readers will be sorry to see the last of Sano." --"Publishers Weekly "on "The Iris Fan
""A rousing, fitting conclusion to this long-running series." --"Booklist "on "The Iris Fan
"In addition to intricate plotting, Rowland's consistent strength throughout her series has been the authority she brings to her portraits of her idiosyncratic characters and their world. Her descriptions of the rituals, fixtures and worldview of feudal Japan never seem like mere wallpaper, but rather are elements crucial to the crimes that bedevil her characters." --Maureen Corrigan, "The Washington Post""Fascinating . . . there are few things as delicious as a good old-fashioned power struggle--especially the costume-drama variety, involving sword battles and perfectly timed barbs exchanged by witty women pretending that they're just drinking tea."
--" "on "The Incense Game
""Stellar . . . Once again, Rowland sets the bar high for her hero, who must navigate treacherous political shoals as well as deduce the killer's identity."
--"Publishers Weekly "(starred) on "The Incense Game
""Excellent. . . . With mystery, excitement and a bang-up ending, this is one you won't be able to put down!" --"RT Book Reviews "(Top Pick) on "The Incense Game"
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About Laura Joh Rowland

Laura Joh Rowland, the daughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants, was educated at the University of Michigan. She is the author of seventeen previous Sano Ichiro novels set in feudal Japan. The Incense Game won the 2012 RT Reviewers' Choice Award for best historical mystery, The Wall Street Journal named The Fire Kimono one of its Five Best Historical Mystery Novels, and The Snow Empress and The Cloud Pavilion were among Publishers Weekly's Best Mysteries of the Year. She lives in New York City.
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509 ratings
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