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The Incense Game

A Novel of Feudal Japan

By Laura Joh Rowland

The Incense Game
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2012,
    304 pages.

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When a massive earthquake devastates 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 brings us her most powerful and evocative thriller yet, The Incense Game.

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"Starred Review. Once again, Rowland sets the bar high for her hero, who must navigate treacherous political shoals as well as deduce the killer’s identity." - Publishers Weekly

"Rowland's 16th Sano Ichiro mystery is excellent. She seamlessly incorporates history and culture without slowing the plot. Even without reading earlier books, you'll be able to invest emotionally in the characters lives. With mystery, excitement, and a bang-up ending, this is one you won't be able to put down!" - RT Book Reviews

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Laura Joh Rowland Author Biography

Laura Joh 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 B.S. in Microbiology and a Masters in Public Health. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, Marty, and their three cats. She is the author of 13 books featuring the samurai detective Sano Ichiro, as well as several fictional novels featuring the adventures of Charlotte Bronte.

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