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Laura Joh Rowland's richly detailed books about a 17th-century Japanese ed-detective are . In the case of the Sano Ichiro novels, I find myself hurrying past the principle characters to wallow in the background.

Laura Joh Rowland's richly detailed books about a 17th-century Japanese ed-detective ar. .packed with plot narrative. Laura Joh Rowland is the granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants. So, all in all, I find this series compelling, but tedious in the central mystery. And I blushingly admit that I am looking forward to the next read.

Laura Joh Rowland is a detective/mystery author best known for her series of historical mystery novels set in the late days of feudal Japan, mostly in Edo during the late 17th century. Her protagonist is Sano Ichirō (佐野 一郎). Rowland is the daughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants. She grew up in Michigan and was educated at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a . in Microbiology and a Masters in Public Health.


Black Lotus is the sixth published work by Laura Joh Rowland and the sixth entry in the Sano Ichirō series. A fire destroys a cottage within the walled compound of the Black Lotus Temple in Edo. A man, a woman, and a little boy are dead in the ruins. The only witness is a dazed teenaged girl, found at the scene. Detective Sano Ichiro is assigned to investigate the fire.

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Black Lotus Laura Joh Rowland S ANO I CHIRŌ 06 St. Martin’s Minotaur New York Also by Laura Joh . Printed in the United States of America. Martin’s Minotaur New York Also by Laura Joh Rowland Shinjū Bundori The Way of the Traitor The Concubine’s.

Black Lotus by Laura Joh Rowland St. Martin's Press ~ April 2001 ISBN 0-312-26872-6. Like the big, sprawling novels of James Clavell, the Sano Ichiro mysteries are full of captivating detail, with lively characters and solid stories. Sano himself is a great character, a film-noir detective transported to feudal Japan, as real as any contemporary crime solver. For Rowland's fans, and for those who relish vivid historical settings, this is a must-read.

Printed in the United States of America.

Sano Ichirō 06. St. Martin’s Minotaur New York Also by Laura Joh Rowland. For information, address St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, . To my brother, Larry Joh. JAPAN Genroku Period, Year 6, Month 8 (Tokyo, September 1693).

Author: Laura Rowland. Someone has set fire to a cottage on the premises of the prestigious Black Lotus Temple in 1691, Japan, killing three sect members. Veteran samurai-detective Sano Ichiro, the Most Honourable Investigator of Events, Situations and People, is quick to blame a delinquent orphan-girl found fleeing the scene. But his young wife, Reiko, has different ideas.

When veteran samurai-detective Sano Ichiro, the most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People, is called on to investigate the burning of a cottage belonging to the Black Lotus Temple, he makes a shocking discovery. The three victim of the blaze did not die in the fire, but were brutally murdered before the fire even began. With a triple homicide on his hands, Sano's search for a killer leads him to Haru, an orphan girl found at the scene of the crime. But Sano's wife, Reiko, investigating the case against Sano's wishes, is convinced of Haru's innocence. Reiko's investigation leads her behind the walls of the Black Lotus Temple, where she discovers a sect involved in extortion, prostitution, and hedonistic rituals. Could one of the sect's members be the killer? Now Reiko must risk her marriage to Sano in order to prove Haru's innocence...Set in the luscious finery of the samurai court of medieval Japan, this latest installment in the bestselling series by Laura Joh Rowland is filled with shocking surprised and suspense as readers are once again allowed access into the world of Sano Ichiro.

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I started reading the series, then put it aside after 3-4 of them, and then I re-read them and now I'm addicted again. It's just so good. And better the second time around.

Historical novels re-create worlds that are long gone, not too different from the way that fantasy novels create new worlds. I cannot judge how accurate Rowland's portrayal of Shogun-era Japan is, but the world that I have come to know from her books is fascinating, and fully internally consistent.

The characters share some of our values, but also represent a different world view. It is not an easy path to tread for an author, and she does it successfully.

Even her minor characters are three dimensional and developed.

The writing is excellent, the descriptions are vivid, and the plot moves along briskly. The mystery / thriller aspect is reminiscent of Jonathan Kellerman, and is as consistent as he is, book to book.
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I am making my way through the series, but it's getting harder. I think the first book was the best. I keep reading because each book focuses on an element of Japanese medieval life, and I find that interesting. (Shogun is a book I re-read regularly.) I do think the author is a smart woman, and I assume her research is sound. Her plots are intricate and well thought out. But the dialogue is pretty much modern day American. People living in a different culture and in a different time would speak differently. And that is a problem for me. I see that other reviewers have focused on Sano's wife, Reiko, and her efforts to participate in her husband's detective work. In this book, Reiko comes across as a very modern woman, very concerned with doing her own detective work and being appreciated for it. I am reading some of her interrogations and all I can think of is, why is anybody answering her? She's not an official. She has no standing. There is no reason to respond to her. She was far more subtle in the earlier book, when she was dealing with women in the imperial court. In this book, she is barging into a temple and demanding answers. This is not credible. This book deals with a Buddhist sect that has insinuated itself with the Shogun's family temple, and that would be the main topic of the book.
I have dutifully slogged through each of the preceeding Sano Ichiro mysteries, and, as each page turns, my reaction to the books strengthens. I'm not much of a mystery fan, but I do know that the detective figure in a mystery ought to do some dectecting. Sano and his wife, Reiko, do precious little. They are impulsive and rocket to conclusions on the smallest bit of evidence. They spend an inordinate amount of time scanning their own feelings about cases when they could spend that time scanning the evidence. And, when their random dectecting fails to pay off, the deus ex machina happily drops the key evidence or the entire mystery into their laps and everyone goes home happy. Except for the dead figures littering the landscape.
What is detection? Well, I can't define it, but I know it when I see it. The Ichiros aren't.
So why have I slogged through a series in a genre I care little about. Because the novels' background, the Tokugawa period, is woven enticingly into every scene in the books. Laura Joh Rowland has taken a period and presented it in fascinating detail. At least one other reviewer has asserted that the author's historical facts are inaccurate, but, if so, I don't care. She lays out a culture and milieu that is consistent, pervasive, and convincing. I even have to admit that our two dectectors can be forgiven some of their ineptitude because of social and cultural constraints that don't resonate with this modern American.
I often hurry past the background of a novel to chase the protagonist(s) through the plot. In the case of the Sano Ichiro novels, I find myself hurrying past the principle characters to wallow in the background.
So, all in all, I find this series compelling, but tedious in the central mystery. And I blushingly admit that I am looking forward to the next read.
Laura Jo and Sano always an occasion to read
I had never read this author before (I found it at the library) and had to get the book. It is suspenseful, interesting, and the scenery is very colorful! Loved it, thank you!
I like this series, a different twist on a old theme , detective stories are all basically the same but hers are unique because they take place hundreds of years ago in a different culture
Really bad spelling punctuation issues. It distracts from the story, which was not as enjoyable as her first two books in the series.
I absolutely love the San Ichiro novels. Laura Joh Rowland does an amazing job writing these novels of this time period.
Black Lotus (Sano Ichiro Novels) download epub
Author: Laura Joh Rowland
ISBN: 0312979584
Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Subcategory: Mystery
Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1st edition (March 15, 2002)