In the wake of a terrifying earthquake, Sano Ichiro races to solve a crime that could bring down the shogun's regime. When a massive earthquake devestates Japan in 1703, even the shogun's carefully regulated court is left teetering on the brink of chaos. This is no time for a murder investigation - except when a nobleman's daughters are found dead from incense poisoning and their father threatens to topple the regime unless Sano Ichiro tracks down the killer. As Sano and his wife strive to solve the case in a world that is crumbling around them, Laura Joh Rowland - author of one of the 'five best historical mystery novels' (The Wall Street Journal) - brings us her most powerful and evocative thriller yet.
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by Laura Joh Rowland
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"Bernadette Dunne's performance immediately grabs listeners, transporting them back to Edo, 1703, just as a catastrophic earthquake hits, indiscriminately destroying buildings and human life, and threatening to topple the existing government. Rowland's sixteenth Chamberlain Sano Ichiro mystery begins when the bodies of two noble women and their teacher are found, apparently poisoned while playing the popular incense game. Sano is blackmailed into secretly investigating the murders when he should be restoring order to the devastated city and keeping the shogun's government from crumbling. Dunne's narration is compelling as mystical martial arts practitioners, warring samurai factions, and potentially deadly secrets abound. Dunne makes Rowland's period language and insights into human behavior completely believable. Fans will love this, and new listeners will want more. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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