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Book Title: Shinju|
The author of the book: Laura Joh Rowland
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 661 KB
Edition: Random House (NY)
Date of issue: September 20th 1994
ISBN 13: 9780679434221
Read full description of the books Shinju:Yoriki Sano Ichiro left a cushy job as a tutor and history scholar to become Edo's newest senior police commander. This was a time when the higher echelon your family belonged to, the greater your pull in society.
Years ago, Sano's great-grandfather had saved a fellow soldier who just happened to be a very important person. His father was the man that approached the family to make compensation. It was Sano's duty to obey his sire and accept the family's patronage in the form of this highly-prized position. Unfortunately, he was an outsider; he did not have the background or connections that his peers did. He personally witnessed "an endurance of slights, baiting and loneliness."
What Sano didn't know but soon learned was that he was expected to enjoy the perks of his new job but turn his eyes when he was instructed to. Not that he cared, but appearance mattered and the right clothes were critical. And it was important to have others do the dirty work.
This story was a interesting look at 1689 Japan. It was also a different type of mystery and the first in a long series with Sano as both samurai and investigator. Loaded with politics of the day pressing from all angles and the fears and superstitions that were taught from early childhood, Sano's life was not easy stepping into this position. At times, he was consumed with confusion and guilt.
Sano's first major crime was the shinju of a daughter from a prestigious family and a man that appeared to be a commoner. To make matters worse, he was politely told to look the other way and let things slide. But he didn't.
SHINJU was a character-driven mystery starting off as a mild adventure with action building as the plot moved along. The murders eventually morphed into espionage with assassins and a puzzle around every corner. Poor Sano.
I had to get past my preconceived but misunderstood definition of a samurai. I felt a deep empathy for Sano because of outside prejudices and so little support he received from his colleagues. He was constantly belittled. I am going to give myself some time to congest my visit to late seventeenth-century Japan but I will eventually visit with Sano again.
Read information about the authorGranddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants, Laura Joh Rowland grew up in Michigan and where she graduated with a B.S. in microbiology and a Master of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She currently lives in New Orleans with her husband. She has worked as a chemist, microbiologist, sanitary inspector and quality engineer.
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