The Fire Kimono

The Fire Kimono

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Japan, March 1700. Near a Shinto shrine in the hills, a windstorm knocks down a tree to uncover a human skeleton, long buried and forgotten. Meanwhile, in the nearby city of Edo, troops ambush and attack Lady Reiko, the wife of Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective who has risen to power and influence in the shogun's court. The troops who attacked Reiko appear to belong to Sano's fiercest enemy, Lord Matsudaira, who denies all responsibility. But if the rivals are not to blame for each other's misfortune, who is?
Just as Sano's strife with Matsudaira begins to escalate to the brink of war, the shogun orders Sano to investigate the origins of the mysterious skeleton, buried with swords that identify it as belonging to the shogun's cousin, who disappeared forty years earlier on the night that a cursed kimono touched off a fire that nearly destroyed the city.
Suddenly, Sano and Reiko are forced to confront dangerous, long-buried secrets that expose Sano's own mother as the possible culprit. The shogun gives Sano and Reiko just three days to clear her name--or risk losing not only their position at court but their families' lives.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312379483
Characteristics: 297 p. ; 25 cm


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Nov 08, 2012

This series is great, and has historically accurate as you would expect FICTION to be. It is an alternate Japan, don't expect to find samurai from history here, but if you want a great detective novel and you are tired of the modern detective, or sherlock holmes ripoffs, this book is for you. The series is long and quite awesome, although I would have to say Laura Joh Rowland's writing is improving over time.

Jul 05, 2012

not a bad book - i think the author did a much better job with the charlotte bronte books

Oct 10, 2011

Because I have watched quite a few Japanese historical dramas, I could not help finding inaccuracies of how the author portrayed the history of the Japanese culture.
Much though I want to give this book a chance, I could not finish it after the first few pages... My apologies to the author.

Jan 07, 2011

Sano Ichiro is the son of a Samurai. The series tells of Sano's journey from lowly foot patrol to chief inspector. Along the way he meets and befriends outcasts, encounters many roadblocks, challenges, class bias, and jealous foes. I enjoy reading all of The Sano Ichiro detective series by Ms. Rowland. Reading her books brings me back to my childhood. Reading her books is like watching those old Japanese samurai/detective t.v. Series in my head.


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