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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (14 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: June 2008 ISBN: 9781415955352
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In an adventure filled with highway bandits, unscrupulous politicians, and renegade monks, The Dragon Scroll introduces readers to the lively world of eleventh-century Japan and an irrepressible hero—Sugawara Akitada. On his first official assignment, Akitada—an impoverished nobleman and earnest young government clerk in the Ministry of Justice—is sent from the capital city on a nearly impossible mission to the distant province of Kazusa to discover why tax convoys are disappearing. In the politically murky world of the Japanese court, he has been set up to fail. Against the odds, the ever-resourceful Akitada, his elderly servant Seimei, and his impudent bodyguard Tora are determined to fulfill their mission and discover the truth in a town of dangerous secrets.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karissa J Murrell Myers | 12/21/2013

    " Brilliantly written, Parker's prose is engaging and thought-provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/4/2013

    " A competent mystery set in medieval japan. This book is the first in a series and is a little stiff. Later mysteries are smoother. But good characters, lively plot and good suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LaRhonda | 11/21/2013

    " I love this book and any stories about ancient Japan! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elsa | 11/19/2013

    " Uh, I just had to give up on this one. I figured out the mystery about halfway through but usually that's ok if the characters make me want to keep going. Didn't happen. Sayonara. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 11/7/2013

    " First I.J. Parker book I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Medeyle | 11/4/2013

    " Very enjoyable. Although the "mystery" isn't much, the characters are wonderful and the feeling for and love of ancient Japan is astounding. Highly recommended for those who are more interested in a good read than a complex mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 10/21/2013

    " fun read, interesting plot, likable characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Cherkayani | 10/15/2013

    " it was good, going smooth, and I just like anything about Japanese. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debby | 10/15/2013

    " Interesting to read a mystery story set in 11th century Japan. Enjoyed this one more than the next in the series, Rashomon's Gate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 5/30/2013

    " A nicely done mystery, which is enhanced by the interesting and realistic setting in 11th Century Japan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Dodson | 5/28/2012

    " The same formula as Norman VanGulik's Judge Dee stories with better dialogue and characterization. Glad to see this genre of detective stories continue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenny | 4/20/2012

    " A good story. Held my interest and I will read others in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B.R. Stateham | 3/17/2011

    " Beautifully written, this series. Ninth Century Japan and the Imperial court. Great history. Great characters. And best of all--great stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 11/17/2009

    " Meh. I found the characters to be pretty stereotypical- young, naive nobleman; faithful but cranky servant; femme fatale; tomboy... The plot was mildly interesting, and the details about medieval Japan were, too. Not sure the author captures the sensibilities of the era, though. "

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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.