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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (157 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: September 2008 ISBN: 9781415955383
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As her audience grows with each evocative historical thriller featuring Sugawara Akitada, I. J. Parker returns with a gripping tale of political intrigue and cold-blooded murder in ancient Japan.

When the exiled Prince Okisada, the most illustrious prisoner of the penal colony on Sado Island, is poisoned, Akitada is called upon by the emperor's envoys to investigate incognito. Posing as a prisoner, he discovers a deadly conspiracy, only to fall into the hands of brutal guards and disappear. It falls to Tora, Akitada's devoted assistant, to begin his own dangerous search of the island for his lost friend and the truth.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mal Watlington | 1/6/2014

    " The books of IJ Parker provide a window on a world gone by ... 11th century Japan. I'm just working my way through the Hollow Reed trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Dodson | 9/28/2013

    " Another sorry-to-be-finished-reading story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alana | 9/11/2013

    " First read 1 November 2010, and read again August 2011. So far, still my favorite Sugawara Akitada book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham | 5/10/2013

    " So far I've enjoyed all of this series, which gets better and better. A plot that makes you think, an historical period and place which is rarely written about all make for a cracking read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 5/7/2013

    " Terrific novel! The setting in 11th century Japan is fascinating, as is intricate murder investigation. I would recommend it to both mystery fans and historical fiction fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerome | 4/22/2013

    " Not too bad but does not hold a candle to Shogun or My Life As a Geisha . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thaddeus Croyle | 10/24/2012

    " OK, I'm a sucker for period mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debby | 11/7/2011

    " This is the 5th book in the series of murder mysteries solved by Sugawara Akitada, a minor government official, in ancient Japan. The author, I.J.Parker has improved with practice and this story is a more interesting read than his earlier books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsie Bush | 10/8/2010

    " "A mystery of 11th-century Japan" ... I really enjoyed this book for both the mystery plot and the historical aspects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed Schwartz | 6/24/2010

    " Another great book in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolores | 4/24/2010

    " Had this book banging around the house for a while and decided in an idle moment to read it. It's quite good. I would read more of this 11th century Japanese detective if I come across more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 3/8/2010

    " Even more different than Black Arrow. This one is almost entirely Akitada on his own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 3/1/2010

    " I almost read these out of order as I started with this one. Luckily, I figured out the publisher difference, and started with the right book, chronologically. Great series, the character of Akitada Sugawara is very likable. I wish there was another book to read in the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pierre | 9/26/2009

    " Amazingly good read. Reads very smoothly and has a great rhythm. Characters are believable, deep sympathetic and realistic. I highly recommend this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 9/23/2009

    " Meticulously crafted mystery set in 11th century Japan. You will learn a lot about the culture, and the ending will surprise you. "

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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.