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Laura Joh Rowland



Laura Joh Rowland came to writing by accident, having first gained a degree in microbiology and a masters in public health, and then working as a chemist and microbiologist. She is the author of more than a dozen acclaimed murder mysteries,
particularly the Sano Ichiro series set in feudal Japan and featuring samurai detective Sano Ichiro.

The granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants, Laura Joh Rowland grew up in Michigan and now lives in New Orleans.

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C & R Crime

The Concubine's Tattoo

Laura Joh Rowland
Authors:
Laura Joh Rowland

Amid the political machinations of feudal Japan, Sano faces a daunting, complex investigation.Twenty months spent as the shogun's most honourable investigator of events, situations and people have left Sano weary. He looks forward to the comforts of his arranged marriage and month's holiday to celebrate the union with his new wife. However, the death of the shogun's favourite concubine interrupts the couple's wedding ceremony as Sano is recalled to perform his duty.After Sano traces the cause of Lady Harume's death to a self-inflicted tattoo, his must travel into the cloistered world of the shogun's women to untangle the complicated web of Harume's lovers, rivals and troubled past, and identify her killer.

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Black Lotus

Laura Joh Rowland
Authors:
Laura Joh Rowland

With a triple murder on his hands, Sano's search for a killer leads to a clash of wills with Reiko, his headstrong wife.September, 1693, and a cottage belonging to the Black Lotus Temple, spiritual centre for hundreds of Buddhist nuns, monks, priests and orphans, is burned to the ground, leaving three dead. Samuri-detective Sano Ichiro quickly discovers the victims did not die in the fire; they were brutally murdered before the fire began.His investigation of the incident leads him to Haru, an orphan girl found at the scene of the crime. But Reiko, investigating the case against Sano's wishes, is convinced of her innocence. But will Reiko risk her marriage to Sano in order to prove Haru could not be the multiple murderer?

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The Cloud Pavilion

Laura Joh Rowland
Authors:
Laura Joh Rowland
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Way of the Traitor

Laura Joh Rowland
Authors:
Laura Joh Rowland

Nagasaki, 1690. An exotic, volatile city where a corrupt government fears foreign invasion like the plague and rules with an iron fist. Spies lurk in every corner waiting to accuse anyone of following the way of the traitor - a crime punishable by death. It's the last place Sano Ichiro, the Shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations and People, wants to be sent.But when the mutilated body of a Dutch trader washes up on Nagasaki shore, the Samuri detective finds himself leading a murder investigation that could thrust Japan into war. Framed for treason, Sano must find the killer to prove his own innocence... before his head dishonourably decorates the town square.

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Bundori

Laura Joh Rowland
Authors:
Laura Joh Rowland

Brutal murders linked to an ancient betrayal send late 17th-century Tokyo into a panic. They also spell big trouble for the Shogun's special investigator, Sano Ichiro, in this sequel to Rowland's first novel, Shinju. The killings are made known when the severed heads of the victims are put on public display, in the manner of an ancient custom known as bundori, or war trophy. The victims are descendants of warriors who, more than a century earlier, were involved in the murder of a powerful warlord. As the killings continue, Sano, though hampered in his investigation by his devotion to the warrior-code of bushido and its precepts of silent obedience and service, suspects three of the most powerful men in the Shogunate, including Chamberlain Yanagisawa. Also complicating Sano's quest for the truth is a female ninja in Yanagisawa's power; aiding it are an eager young officer in the Tokyo police and a quirky old morgue attendant.

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Shinju

Laura Joh Rowland
Authors:
Laura Joh Rowland

Seventeenth-century Tokyo is the setting for Rowland's first book in a murder mystery series featuring Sano Ichiro the Senior Police Commander in the district of Edo. Ichiro is a samurai whose academic background puts him at odds with most of his peers.When beautiful, wealthy Yukiko and low-born artist Noriyoshi are found drowned together in what seems to be a shinju, or ritual double suicide, everyone believes the cause was their forbidden love. Everyone, that is, but Sano Ichiro.Despite the official verdict and being warned off by his superiors, the shogun's Most Honourable Investigator of Events, Situations and People suspects this double death was not only a tragedy - it was murder. Risking his family's good name and his own life, Sano will search for the killer across every level of society, determined to find answers to a mystery no one else seems to want solved . . .