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The Convict's Sword

by I. J. Parker

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The Convict's Sword by I. J. Parker
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2009
    432 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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I. J. Parker's phenomenal Akitada mystery series has been gaining fans with each new novel. The latest, The Convict’s Sword, is the most fully realized installment to date, weaving history, drama, mystery, romance, and adventure into a story of passion and redemption. Lord Sugawara Akitada, the senior secretary in the Ministry of Justice, must find the mysterious killer of a man condemned to live in exile for a crime he did not commit. Meanwhile, Akitada's retainer, Tora, investigates the sudden death of a blind street singer, whose past life is a bigger mystery than anyone thought. Told in Parker’s clever, vivid prose, The Convict’s Sword is a must-read for those who love well-written mysteries in an exotic setting.

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"Starred Review. Besides smoothly mixing action and deduction, Parker gives her protagonist an emotional depth that raises her to the front rank of contemporary historical writers," - Publishers Weekly

"The elegance and deliberate pace of Akitada's sixth case ... are appropriate to the hero's character and satisfying on their own. Abundant historical detail adds interest to the pro forma mystery." - Kirkus Reviews

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I. J. Parker

I. J. Parker is the author of the Akitada mystery series. Her short stories featuring Akitada have been published regularly in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.

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