When beautiful, wealthy Yukiko and low-born artist Noriyoshi are found drowned together in a shinju, or ritual double suicide, everyone believes the culprit was forbidden love. Everyone but newly appointed yoriki Sano Ichiro.Despite the official verdict and warnings from his superiors, the... show more
When beautiful, wealthy Yukiko and low-born artist Noriyoshi are found drowned together in a shinju, or ritual double suicide, everyone believes the culprit was forbidden love. Everyone but newly appointed yoriki Sano Ichiro.Despite the official verdict and warnings from his superiors, the shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People suspects the deaths weren't just a tragedy -- they were murder. Risking his family's good name and his own life, Sano will search for a killer across every level of society -- determined to find answers to a mystery no one wants solved. No one but Sano...As subtle and beautiful as the culture it evokes, Shinju vividly re-creates a world of ornate tearooms and guady pleasure-palaces, cloistered mountaintop convents and dealthy prisons. Part love story, part myster, Shinju is a tour that will dazzle and entertain all who enter its world.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: May 29th 2001
Pages no: 437
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Asian Literature
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
Series: Sano Ichiro (#1)
People say that playing video games is a complete waste of tell. Well, let me tell you, I found an instance where playing video games wasn't a waste of time. Instead of struggling to figure out how to pronounce Japanese names while reading this book, I was able to breeze through names like they we...
Wow.... What a marvelous book! Talk about culture shock! Talk about world-building! Talk about complex, multi-faceted plotting! I'm not even sure I can describe this book! It's set in Japan during the Edo period, so everything is very rigid. Filial duty, honor, and service to one's master a...
Source: Library Language: German (Original Language: English) Original Title: Shinju I love everything Japanese (I even lived there for a year), so I thought this would be epic win for me. It has Edo-period Japan (set in first year of Genroku or 1688) and a samurai police detective, so what could ...
What makes this novel worth reading sure isn't style or plot but the cultural and historical picture of Japan under the Shogunate. While it dips at times through others' points of view, this tale is mostly seen through the eyes of Sano Ichiru, a samurai currently employed as a Yoriki, supervising po...
I'm currently re-reading this series since I recently acquired a few I was missing. I enjoy this series quite a bit.