LAURA JOH ROWLAND is the author of fifteen previous Sano Ichiro mysteries. The Fire Kimono was named one of the Wall Street Journal's Five Best Historical Mystery Novels; and The Snow Empress and The Cloud Pavilion were among Publishers Weekly's Best Mysteries of the Year. She lived through a natural disaster when Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed her house in New Orleans, and now lives in New York City.
"Fascinating . . . there are few things as delicious as a good old-fashioned power struggle--especially the costume-drama variety, involving sword battles and perfectly timed barbs exchanged by witty women pretending that they're just drinking tea." --Oprah.com"Stellar . . . Once again, Rowland sets the bar high for her hero, who must navigate treacherous political shoals as well as deduce the killer's identity." --Publishers Weekly (starred)"Excellent. . . . With mystery, excitement and a bang-up ending, this is one you won't be able to put down!" --RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)