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Publisher Description

Japan, 1699: On a moonlit night on the northern frontier island of Ezogashima, a woman is running through the forest when an arrow strikes her dead. Meanwhile, in the city of Edo, the young son of Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective who has risen to power in the shogun's court, vanishes during a moon-watching festival. When one of Sano's political rivals hints that the boy was kidnapped—and may be in Ezogashima—he and his wife, Reiko, begin a desperate journey to find their son…only to discover that the local ruler, Lord Matsumae, is holding the entire province hostage for another crime: The murder of his mistress. So Sano strikes a deal: He will solve the mistress's murder if Matsumae will free the hostages and return his son. Soon, however, Sano and Reiko find themselves caught up in a dangerous scheme that includes clan warfare, bitter jealousy, and murderous betrayal as they race to unravel the mystery of THE SNOW EMPRESS, from acclaimed author Laura Joh Rowland.

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
RELEASED
2008
November 4
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
St. Martin's Publishing Group
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
903.6
KB

Customer Reviews

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The Snow Empress

This book is generally very good. The presentation of Japanese culture was interesting and helped the reader understand the context of Japan in the late 1690's. Laura Joh Rowland knows Japan well and places the reader in a completely foreign atmosphere. Her descriptions of Edo, the intrigue in the Shogun's court, Hokkaido, and the Ainu were accurate and made the book enjoyable. The murder mystery and the subplot of the kidnapping of Sano's son were believable. Unfortunately, the development of the characters was shallow and their conversations were short and trite. In the context of the complexities of politics in Edo and the alien Ainu culture, the shallow characters and trite conversations detracted form the excellent descriptions of the setting of the novel, the Japanese and Ainu cultures, and the overall enjoyment of the book.

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