- Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Red Chrysanthemum: A Thriller (Sano Ichiro Mysteries) Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 14, 2006
|New from||Used from|
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
"Rowland has a painter's eye for the minutiae of court life, as well as a politician's ear for intrigue." --The New York Times Book Review
"Rowland uses her fine eye for detail to portray the intricate surface and roiling underbelly of life in a tightly structured, controlled society. Her Japan is a mix of Kabuki theater-like stylized formality, palace intrigue, and physical action that would do a martial arts move proud." --The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
"A careful, beautiful portrayal of a dangerous time in Japanese history . . . Rowland has created a compelling and lively series." --Dallas Morning News
"As a fan of Shogun, it's easy to say that The Samurai's Wife provided me with the same sense of place and culture that was so invigorating in James Clavell's epic yarn. . . . Laura Joh Rowland is a pretty terrific storyteller." --Chicago Tribune
"The compelling story line, evocative detail and suspense should engage newcomers and satisfy longtime fans alike. At a point when many series show signs of wear, Rowland's characters remain fresh." --Publishers Weekly on The Assassin's Touch
Top Customer Reviews
Sano Ichiro is a wonderful character. Staying true to his ethical standards he has solved crimes, kept the shogunate from crumbling he gradually rises to one of the most powerful positions in the country. In many ways he is a samurai's samurai -- and a rag's to riches story as well. But most of his successes are due more to his ability to recover from his wife Reiko's mistakes. Up to a point the plot device of the stubborn, well-meaning samurai wife is digestible. But Reiko seems unable to understand that getting involved in the deadly politics of the capital will inevitably put Sano at risk.
This habit reaches a peak in Red Chrysanthemum, in which Reiko decides to investigate a missing child on her own and finds herself naked, in the bedroom of the man she was investigating, with the killing dagger clutched in her hand. She is accused of murder and Ichiro's enemies arrange things to that he may very well have to execute her if he is to save face, and the lives of his son and himself. Sano barely manages to get permission from the Shogun to investigate on his own and the race is on. His long time enemy Hoshina sets traps everywhere, and the powerful Lord Matsudaira suspects Ichiro of plotting treason.Read more ›
This book almost defies genre because there are both mystery and thriller elements, and the book is set in 1698 Japan. The historical and national perspectives strongly permeate the book.
If you don't know the series, Sano Ichiro is a very clever fellow . . . a samurai who has been a detective. His success in that role has brought him to heights of power. The Shogun normally rules in name only and Sano is his chamberlain, a sort of prime minister. Lord Matsudaira actually wields power and is Sano's primary patron. But powerful figures seek all that power for themselves.
Sano's wife, Reiko, is pregnant with their second child but continues to seek ways to help women in need and to solve mysteries. That activity leads both Sano and Reiko into dangerous peril in this action-filled thriller.
As the book opens, Reiko is discovered nude and covered with blood in the bed chamber of the dead Lord Mori who lies castrated beside her. She cannot remember how she got there. The clamor immediately begins for her execution for the murder of Lord Mori. Mori's wife stoutly contends that Mori and Reiko had been lovers.
Sano begins his investigation and quickly finds that the price of his own survival may be the death of his wife and unborn child. As the investigation continues, his political enemies see their chance to take him down. Before long, both Sano and Reiko are in mortal peril from the Shogun and Lord Matsudaira.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a very interesting book at all. It wanders. I completed it hoping I could eventually find it interesting and enjoyable but it did not happen. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Chuck Cameron. - Marine Mustang PA
Another masterpiece by my favorite author .
Ms. Rowland's ability to mix historical fact with fiction is phenomenal, and is so descriptive that you literally feel transported... Read more
As with all of Laura Joh Rowland's novels in the Sano series this one holds your interest to the end. She incorporates Japanese culture and history into the stories.Published on December 9, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I thought that Laura Joh Rowland tried a different approach on this novel. Using the same familiar characters, plus a few new ones, she gave you various perspectives of the same... Read morePublished on June 27, 2010 by A.Scientist
Laura Joh Rowland is a master of plot twisting and turning dectective writing. She masterfully sets the scene and background of her novels in the period of the Shoguns in Japan. Read morePublished on February 5, 2010 by Bear One
I thought this book was very good. It dealt with a very controverial subject of child abuse. I love reading her books because they are set in samuri feudal Japan. Read morePublished on August 28, 2009 by Raven reader
I've been a big fan of this series for years but I've noticed a definite dip in her writing style in her later novels. Read morePublished on August 18, 2009 by P. Amiel
I have to say the same thing I say with all the books in this series: Fantastic! Well-written, great plots, love the characters, page turners. Read morePublished on April 11, 2009 by Sharon W