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Author: I. J. Parker Narrator: Roy Vongtama Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Series:The Sugawara Akitada Series Release Date: October 2008 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781415955444

Publisher Description

The Hell Screen is the sequel to I. J. Parker's Rashomon Gate. The Hells Gate has received stellar reviews from many well-respected publications including Publishers Weekly: "Parker's remarkable command of 11th-century Japanese history-from the rituals of the royal court to the minutia of daily life within Japan's often rigid caste system-makes for an excellent whodunit."

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  • “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.”

    - Booklist

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Ed, 10/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Debby, 1/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Staci, 12/30/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Another great one, Sugawara. "

    - Alana, 12/4/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not quite as good as the first in the series - a few too many plotlines for the author to carry off successfully without them getting in each other's way. Still pretty good. "

    - Craig, 10/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Medieval Japanese mystery series. More engaging than I expected - possibly because there was nothing screamingly medieval about it to someone unfamiliar with Japanese history and technology pre-1900. (It's all swords, horses, and koi until about 1910, as far as I'm concerned.) "

    - Sarah, 5/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I enjoyed this good historical mystery. Ms. Parker really puts the reader into 8th century Japan. "

    - Will, 2/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Japan "

    - Anne, 12/10/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Lu en francais sous le titre: L'enigme du paravent des enfers. "

    - Rejane, 4/20/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " a bit better than the first one "

    - Josh, 3/29/2010
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Excellent. I am looking forward to the next in the series. "

    - Kenny, 3/28/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Another good one in this series. A bit more disturbing in the details of the crime, but the characters get more richly detailed. A few plot twists are a little obvious but the story still moves well. "

    - Patrick, 2/20/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Staci, 10/7/2009
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Another good one in this series. A bit more disturbing in the details of the crime, but the characters get more richly detailed. A few plot twists are a little obvious but the story still moves well. "

    - Patrick, 11/29/2008
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I enjoyed this good historical mystery. Ms. Parker really puts the reader into 8th century Japan. "

    - Will, 8/25/2008
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Debby, 3/30/2008
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Set in feudal Japan, a member of the royal court is tasked with solving a murder which takes place within the palace walls. It's a fascinating look into that era, rich with details of court life and the lives of the commoners. "

    - Diane, 2/3/2008

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.