The Iris Fan

The Iris Fan

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"Japan, 1709. The shogun is old and ailing. Amid the ever-treacherous intrigue in the court, Sano Ichirō has been demoted from chamberlain to a lowly patrol guard. His relationship with his wife Reiko is in tatters, and a bizarre new alliance between his two enemies Yanagisawa and Ienobu has left him bewildered and wary. Yet, Sano's dedication to the way of the warrior--the samurai code of honor--is undiminished. Then a harrowing, almost inconceivable crime takes place. In his own palace, the shogun is stabbed with a fan made of painted silk with sharp-pointed iron ribs. Sano is restored to the rank of chief investigator to find the culprit. This is the most significant, and most dangerous, investigation of his career. If the shogun's heir is displeased, he will have Sano and his family put to death without waiting for the shogun's permission, then worry about the consequences later. And Sano has enemies of his own, as well as unexpected allies. As the previously unimaginable death of the shogun seems ever more possible, Sano finds himself at the center of warring forces that threaten not only his own family but Japan itself. Riveting and richly imagined, with a magnificent sense of time and place, The Iris Fan is the triumphant conclusion to Laura Joh Rowland's brilliant series of thrillers set in feudal Japan"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2014
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781466847439
9781250047069
1250047064
Branch Call Number: M ROWLAND 2014
Characteristics: 346 pages cm

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Jan 03, 2015

This was a bang-up ending for this trilogy which ends the Sano series. In resolving all issues, there are more bodies than at the end of Hamlet. My willing suspension of disbelief was stretched almost to the breaking point a number of times. However, Rowland did her usual great job of describing the scene, weaving in the effects of measles on people who had no immunity, and the daily living conditions of the rulers and the various classes of people in the city of Edo. From that standpoint the whole Sano series is very good historical mystery fiction. Sano's roller coaster fortunes do keep the reader on the edge of her seat.

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