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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (167 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: I. J. Parker Narrator: Roy Vongtama Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sugawara Akitada Series Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781415955475
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In I. J. Parker's latest mystery set in ancient Japan, a cold and hostile land pits Akitada against his deadliest foe yet.

I. J. Parker's engrossing historical novels bring 11th-century Japan to life in all its colorful, treacherous glory. As Black Arrow opens, Sugawara Akitada assumes his new post as provisional governor of Echigo, a frigid province in the far north, notorious for its hostility to outsiders. But the snow that threatens to completely isolate the region is the least of his problems - which include a local uprising, a series of brutal murders, and a mystery that's as old as the frozen hills and a lot more dangerous.

I. J. Parker's engrossing historical novels bring 11th-century Japan to life in all its colorful, treacherous glory. Superbly written and rich in period detailBlack Arrow is another bravura performance from a master of the historical thriller.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 6/15/2013

    " Good escape read. Akitada finally tastes some serious blood. Three stars because the stories are beginning to blur together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debby | 6/13/2013

    " The next in the series of murder mysteries set in ancient Japan. I.J. Parker is a consistent writer - his books are relatively interesting, mostly because of the exotic setting, but they are not gripping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 10/12/2012

    " Enjoying this ongoing crime/mystery series set in Ancient Japan... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharri | 10/10/2012

    " Nice historical detail, nice plot, shallow characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisalou | 4/24/2011

    " Really 3 1/2 stars. Picked up on a whim in a used bookstore. An interesting mystery that introduced a lot of the customs of Japan without hitting you over the head with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thaddeus Croyle | 10/2/2010

    " This one isn't really any worse than the rest in the series, but the novelty is wearing off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alana | 6/7/2010

    " So far, one of my favorite Sugawara's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/1/2009

    " Medieval Japanese mystery. Sugawara Akitada and his pregnant wife are stationed in northern Japan to quell an uprising by local warlord. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 9/26/2009

    " A bit different than the rest of the series, in that it doesn't take place in or near the capitol. Also, fewer family interactions here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/25/2009

    " Medieval Japanese mystery. Sugawara Akitada and his pregnant wife are stationed in northern Japan to quell an uprising by local warlord. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 11/29/2008

    " Good escape read. Akitada finally tastes some serious blood. Three stars because the stories are beginning to blur together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debby | 6/11/2008

    " The next in the series of murder mysteries set in ancient Japan. I.J. Parker is a consistent writer - his books are relatively interesting, mostly because of the exotic setting, but they are not gripping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 4/9/2008

    " Enjoying this ongoing crime/mystery series set in Ancient Japan... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thaddeus | 12/2/2007

    " This one isn't really any worse than the rest in the series, but the novelty is wearing off. "

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About the Author

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.