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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (213 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Joh Rowland Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sano Ichiro Mysteries Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781482981179
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Japan, 1703. On a snowy night, forty-seven warriors murder a man who stood at the center of the scandal that turned them from samurai into masterless ronin two years before. Clearly this was an act of revenge—but why did they wait so long? And is there any reason they should not immediately be ordered to commit ritual suicide? Sano Ichiro, demoted from Chamberlain to his old post as Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People, has mere days to solve the greatest mystery of samurai legend—while his own fortunes hang in the balance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the five best historical mystery novels.”

    Wall Street Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ramya | 2/5/2014

    " Bit too contrived compared to other books but suspenseful none-the-less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J. Alton | 1/23/2014

    " The dialog sounds too modern to be realistic. And I doubt that anyone who served an absolute ruler, in this case the Shogun of 18th Century Japan, would survive to be "suspected" of treason long enough to participate in the events covered of this book. Still, it is interesting enough to continue reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juanita | 1/23/2014

    " Rip roaring adventure of samurai in old Japan. The 47 Ronin are fascinating, the mistress engaging, the political struggles unbelievable, the tale well told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 1/22/2014

    " I think this is the best book she has written. An absorbing take on the tale of the 47 Ronin who are revered in Japanese history. The ending of the booking is shocking as karma comes into play. It is a book that I coould not put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 1/5/2014

    " set in shogun Japan, early 18th century. a window on the times and politics of Japan during this most interesting period. feudal. a mystery involving the assassination of the head of a noble house, disgraced samurais and ultimately, a threat to the reigning shogun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 12/30/2013

    " This was an interesting and rather compelling treatment of the "47 Samurai" legend, involving Rowland's familiar set of characters from this series. She wove the whole together in a nice way. I particularly liked the various contradictory stories and how they worked out. Also I enjoyed the little side plot involving 11 year-old Masahiro (Sano's son). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayle | 12/18/2013

    " I happened upon this book at the library. Very interesting look at feudal Japan and a good mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/30/2013

    " 1701 Feudal Japan. Sano must decide the fate of 47 ronin after the avenge their master. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/20/2013

    " Because this book is based on a true story, it has a different feel than a lot of her other books. I really enjoyed it, though, and am now wondering what actually happened with the 47 ronin, even though I like Laura's version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 9/24/2013

    " Somehow, I missed this one. I am glad that I found it and read it. Rowland keeps up her pace and keeps the action. This one is her take on the 47 ronin legend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Purlewe | 7/7/2013

    " Another Sano mystery. An interesting take on the 47 ronin story. I love how she plays with the history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 6/24/2013

    " One of the best books in the series IMO. Laura Joh Rowland's take on the story of the 47 ronin made an excellent addition to the Sano Ichiro mysteries. The ending, which left me breathless and somewhat shocked, made me very glad the next part is already out and I'll be able to read it soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Sankey | 10/26/2012

    " Rowland drops her detective, Samurai Sano, working for an indecisive and corrupt Tokugawa Shogun as "Investigator of People, Places and Events" in 18th century Japan, into the case of the 47 Ronin, posing a possible answer to the mystery of what set off the feud in the first place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 10/13/2012

    " One of the best books of the series, from beginning to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iris | 7/13/2012

    " Loved it! So much detail and the story keeps getting better and better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 11/5/2011

    " set in shogun Japan, early 18th century. a window on the times and politics of Japan during this most interesting period. feudal. a mystery involving the assassination of the head of a noble house, disgraced samurais and ultimately, a threat to the reigning shogun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 9/18/2011

    " In this episode of Sano's life in court, he must investigate the incidents that make up the famous 47 ronin.

    I enjoy the historical atmosphere that Rowland creates in this series. "

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About the Author
Author Laura Joh Rowland

Laura Joh Rowland is the author of the acclaimed Sano Ichiro series of mystery novels. She lives in New York.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.