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Red Chrysanthemum: A Thriller (Sano Ichiro Novels) Laura Joh Rowland

Red Chrysanthemum: A Thriller (Sano Ichiro Novels)

Laura Joh Rowland

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In the carefully ordered world of seventeenth-century Japan, the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter is a place where men of all classes can drink, revel, and enjoy the favors of the beautiful courtesans. But on a cold winters dawn, Sano Ichiro - theMoreIn the carefully ordered world of seventeenth-century Japan, the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter is a place where men of all classes can drink, revel, and enjoy the favors of the beautiful courtesans. But on a cold winters dawn, Sano Ichiro - the shoguns Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People - must visit Yoshiwara on a most unpleasant mission. Within a house of assignation reserved for the wealthiest, most prominent men, a terrible murder has occurred. In a room that reeks of liquor and sex, the shoguns cousin and heir, Lord Mitsuyoshi, lies dead, a flowered hairpin embedded in his eye, in the bed of the famous courtesan, Lady Wisteria. The shogun demands quick justice, but Sanos path is blocked by many obstacles, including the disappearance of Wisteria and her pillow book, a diary that may contain clues. The politics of court life, the whims of the shogun, and interference by Sanos longtime rival, Edos Chief Police Commissioner Hoshina, also hinder him in his search for the killer. Sanos wife, Lady Reiko, is eager to help him, but he fears what she may uncover. When suspicion of murder falls upon Sano himself, he must find the real murderer to solve the case and clear his name.