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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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Black Lotus

Laura Joh Rowland
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Laura Joh Rowland
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The Concubine's Tattoo

Laura Joh Rowland
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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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The Cloud Pavilion

Laura Joh Rowland
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Laura Joh Rowland

A fortress in the sky...Japan, 1701. A woman is brutally attacked within a bamboo prison as clouds swirl around her head. Meanwhile, at Edo Castle, samurai detective turned chamberlain Sano Ichiro is suspicious of his old rival, Yanagisawa, who has been oddly cooperative since his return from exile.But just as Yanagisawa's true motives begin to emerge, Sano's estranged uncle comes to him for help: his daughter has disappeared, and he begs Sano and his wife - who once suffered through the kidnapping of their own son - to find her before it is too late.

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Way of the Traitor

Laura Joh Rowland
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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
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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
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Laura Joh Rowland