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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 was born and educated in Europe and turned to mystery writing after an academic career in the U.S. She has published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, winning the short story Shamus award in 2000. The Akitada series, about an eleventh century Japanese nobleman/detective, now consists of fourteen titles plus a short story collection. The books are available in print, audio format, and on Kindle and are translated into twelve languages.