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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: Series: The Sugawara Akitada Series Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781415955444
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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." Download and start listening now!

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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.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 Alana | 12/4/2012

    " Another great one, Sugawara. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 10/30/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/14/2011

    " 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.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 2/16/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/10/2010

    " Japan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rejane | 4/20/2010

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 3/29/2010

    " a bit better than the first one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenny | 3/28/2010

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 2/20/2010

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staci | 10/7/2009

    " 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. "

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

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 8/25/2008

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debby | 3/30/2008

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 2/3/2008

    " 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. "

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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.