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Author: I. J. Parker Narrator: Roy Vongtama Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Sugawara Akitada Series Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781415955413
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A riveting historical mystery set amid the exquisite ritual and refined treachery of eleventh-century Japan.

Sugawara Akitada is the son of impoverished nobility toiling at a low-level job in the Ministry of Justice. When an old friend, Professor Hirata, asks him to investigate a colleague’s blackmail, Akitada takes leave of his stultifying job for a temporary post at the Imperial University. There he finds gossip and rivalry abounding. A young girl is murdered. An old man mysteriously vanishes, and the Emperor declares it a miracle. Plunging into a labyrinth of conspiracy among the court’s most esteemed nobles, Akitada must step carefully while gathering clues to the puzzle before him.

A fascinating investigative procedural . . . goes down as smooth as a cup of sake with an appropriately powerful kick in the end.”–San Francisco Chronicle


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 11/5/2013

    " A very enjoyable mystery with the added attraction of depicting an interesting era of Japanese history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wesley | 10/26/2013

    " I listened to the audio book version on cd, not listed among the editions. This is the second of these I've listened to while I deliver mail, and I find the stories engaging and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 10/9/2013

    " Pretty interesting start to a detective series in sort-of ancient Japan. A little formality with some of the characterizations and plotting, but certainly fits with the time and place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 9/21/2013

    " Another great one in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 liirogue | 9/13/2013

    " Enjoyable mystery/historical fiction. Be patient - the first quarter of the book is pretty slow. Once it gets going it's good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 8/16/2013

    " Rashomon Gate is the second book in the Sugawara Akitada series. These are mysteries set in Japan in the 11th century. Sugawara Akitada is an official at the Ministry of Justice. In Rashomon Gate he is looking into blackmail that has taken place at the University. An excellent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrol | 6/16/2013

    " This was on a suggested reading list for our upcoming trip to Japan. Enjoyed it more than I had anticipated. It's a mystery (or mysteries as the case may be) set in Ancient Japan. While not a page turner, it was very readable and gave a little insight into the culture at the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alana | 11/8/2012

    " Another great one with Akitada. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ned | 8/28/2012

    " This was a nice historical mystery. I really liked the fact that it had a list of characters as well as two maps! The setting of eleventh century Japan was novel. The historical notes in the back were great. I will need to remember this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Windy | 11/2/2011

    " very interesting ... i like it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harley | 1/27/2011

    " Those who know me well know that I will cry at movies, but that I will rarely cry while reading books. Rashomon Gate was that rare book that succeeded to bringing me to tears. It is a mystery set in the eleventh century Japan. If you love historical Japan, you will enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayle | 1/16/2011

    " I love period detective books, this is great and I will read more...historical context, angst (but not over the top)... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Johan | 1/5/2011

    " Ceritanya biasa saja, sisi latar belakang sejarahnya yang menarik. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Windy | 12/26/2010

    " very interesting ... i like it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 7/10/2010

    " A very enjoyable mystery with the added attraction of depicting an interesting era of Japanese history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rini | 1/15/2009

    " Hanya baca satu bab karena satu dan lain hal. Tapi seru, karena aku suka fiksi Jepang dan ceritanya berkaitan dengan hukum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 11/29/2008

    " Another great one in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruddy | 8/10/2008

    " Overall, this was a pretty interesting read. I bought this book for 3 dollars at strand so I was not expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised. It's basically a detective story and plays out just like a movie would. It's not anything original, but a good read nonetheless. "

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.