LAURA JOH ROWLAND is the author of sixteen previous novels in her acclaimed series of thrillers set in feudal Japan; two of them have been named among the Best Mysteries of the Year by Publishers Weekly, while a third was declared one of the five best historical mystery novels by The Wall Street Journal. The Incense Game won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery. She lives in New York City.
"Just when readers think that events can't turn more against her hero, Rowland plausibly ups the ante, keeping this long-running series fresh and engaging." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Shogun's Daughter"Rowland's 17th showcases both her stylistic elegance and her historical knowledge. The deepening portraits of series characters will amply reward faithful fans." --Kirkus Reviews on The Shogun's Daughter"[The Shogun's Daughter] paints an exquisite and detailed picture of feudal Japan. Rowland is an excellent writer and skillful at plotting mysteries....Politics, betrayal and the pull of family are all themes well and emotionally developed in this splendid mystery." --RT Book Reviews"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