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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (171 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:
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Eleventh-century Japan: after a difficult but successful assignment as provisional governor of Eichigo, Akitada Sugawara is finally allowed to return to Heian Kyo. But instead of a triumphant homecoming accompanied by his beautiful wife and young son, Akitada must ride ahead of his entourage to the sickbed of his dying mother. Fading light and a steady downpour interrupt his journey, forcing him to take refuge in a temple where a brilliantly illustrated hell screen and a piercing cry disturb his restless sleep.

Upon his arrival, Akitada finds his mother, sick and bitter, cursing his return, while his youngest sister, Yoshiko, forsakes her own happiness to serve as the old woman’s nurse and maid. Only his sister Akiko seems fortunate—married to a wealthy nobleman, Toshikage, and expecting their first child. But appearances prove to be deceptive, for it is not long before Akitada is asked to help clear his brother-in-law’s name. In the course of his investigation Akitada learns that his night at the temple was disturbed by more than a terrible scream. A woman has been murdered, and because of his reputation for detective work, Akitada must solve another mystery. Personal and professional interests begin to merge as Akitada becomes ensnared in a tangled web of deceit and malevolence that will, in the end, strike very close to home.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fascinating historical detail and well-drawn characters distinguish Shamus-winner Parker's second Japanese mystery…Readers will be enchanted by Akitada, an honorable sleuth who proves more progressive than his time.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Parker has crafted another exotic and compelling mystery…This intriguing combination of history and suspense is distinguished by a wealth of authentic cultural detail.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ed Schwartz | 10/21/2013

    " Akitada's adventures come closer to home than any of the other books, which makes for an exciting ending! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debby | 1/23/2013

    " Another murder mystery solved by Akitada Sugawara and we learn more about Akitada's family life - an interesting glimpse at life in 11th century Japan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Staci | 12/30/2012

    " When I read this I didn't know it was part of a series. The book stood well on it's own. I loved the twists and turns in the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alana | 12/4/2012

    " Another great one, Sugawara. "

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