- Series: Featuring Sano Ichiro
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Feature; New Ed edition (1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747258023
- ISBN-13: 978-0747258025
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 7 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,804,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Way of the Traitor (Featuring Sano Ichiro) Paperback – Import, 1998
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Rowland's plot is quite good. Sano has found himself essentially exiled from Edo by his unintended rival the Shogun's Chamberlin. He is given the task of "inspecting" Nagasaki which is just about as far from Edo as you can go and still be in Japan. Given the state of transportation systems in Japan during the Shogunate, it is possible the chamberlain was hoping Sano wouldn't survive the journey.
Nagasaki is Japan's window to the world and it is tightly guraded and only open a crack. The only authorized westerners in Japan are the Dutch and the are kept on a small man-made island in the harbor. Origianlly the concession was given to the Portugese who along with trade brough Christianity and this ultimately lead to the banning of Christian teachings, the expulsion of the Portugese and the persecution of Japanese Christians. The Dutch have filled the void left by the departed Portugese becasue they aren't interested in spreading the gospel, just@making profits on their investments. They can't leave the island unescorted and no Japanese can enter except on official business. To even go on the island one is required to take and oath against Christianity and desecrate Christian icons. The penalty for not adhering to the oath is severe - death.
Sano's arival coincides with the disappearance of one of the Dutch trading mission from the island. It is this investigation which Sano finds himself involved with that almost cost Sano his life in several different ways.
The plot is well set out.Read more ›
Its an interesting education in culture and gain some familiarity with a time period in Japan most Americans don't know anything about (including me).
Learn something and be entertained with a fast paced story.
The story takes place a year-and-a-half after Bundori. Sano has not yet married, still mourning the loss of his love. He has also found that there is little he can do to change the corrupt administration of the government and is despondent about the corruption. Strangely enough, Hirata, Sano's chief retainer, is despondent over his service to Sano as he does not seem to want to be protected and takes unnecessary risks. If Way of the Traitor does anything, it solidifies the relationship between Sano and Hirata, setting up their companionship for the later books.
Sano is sent to Nagasaki where he has to unravel the mystery behind the murder of the head of the Dutch East India Company. As the story progresses, the stakes increase, and Sano takes more risks, putting his life and reputation at stake. Through the course of the story, he uncovers corruption in the administration of Nagasaki, develops camaraderie with the Dutch doctor and is convicted of treason himself.
In the end, Sano lives, and he returns to Edo (the series would be very different if he did not). However, it is the lessons he learns that makes the story important in the development of the character. For that is the purpose of the book in the overall series, developing Sano to deal with the challenges in the later books.
Now my complaint is since the story takes place in Nagasaki, I have the feeling that I will not see most of these characters ever again. As such, the politics were less pressing. I like the world Rowland is developing, and Nagasaki is on the edge of this world.Read more ›
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Wonderfully written mystery with complex characters...Roland combines a wealth of sociocultural and historical knowledge with her talent for developing characters who, despite... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Emily Elliott
I've loved reading this series of books and will miss the series. She's supposedly finished the series about Sano.Published 4 months ago by Lil Y. M. Judd
I am reading the books in this series in order. The Way of the Traitor is the third book. And the one I like the best, so far. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Serena
Set in Samurai Japan, these books are a special delight to mystery readers. I really enjoy them. Can't wait to start the next one.Published 17 months ago by Teresa F. Conforti
An interesting series and characters that continue to intrigue your with a background of old Japan. Getting tired of some of the antagonists.Published on June 30, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Laura Joh Rowland is my favorite woman mystery author. Her Sano Ichiro series is spectatular. Not only is her historical background of Japan impressive, but also her murder plots... Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by James E. Arisman
This book has the feel of an historical journal. A very interesting story. Sometimes I got so frustrated at the stubbornness of the main character, but that was what made the story... Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Ms. rowland's depiction of rural vs. the palace situations are very informative to feul japan and its history.i will continue to seek more of her works.Published on June 28, 2013 by deloris.k.baker