When the shogun's life is threatened, Sano lchiro faces his biggest challenge yet in the spellbinding conclusion to Laura Joh Rowland's award-winning series set in feudal Japan.
LAURA JOH ROWLAND, the daughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants, was educated at the University of Michigan. She is the author of seventeen previous Sano Ichiro thrillers set in feudal Japan. 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 lives in New York City.
"Rowland offers the usual high-stakes suspense, convincing period detail, and nuanced characters you care about. Readers will be sorry to see the last of Sano." --Publishers Weekly on The Iris Fan"A rousing, fitting conclusion to this long-running series." --Booklist on The Iris Fan"In addition to intricate plotting, Rowland's consistent strength throughout her series has been the authority she brings to her portraits of her idiosyncratic characters and their world. Her descriptions of the rituals, fixtures and worldview of feudal Japan never seem like mere wallpaper, but rather are elements crucial to the crimes that bedevil her characters." --Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post"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 on The Incense Game"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) on The Incense Game"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) on The Incense Game