Sa Ichiro, the Shogun's Most Horable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People, has his doubts about the partnership that he and his spirited new wife, Reiko, have forged: While he can't help recognizing that her help on his cases can be invaluable, he sometimes longs for a more traditional wife. Still, when a botched case and the resulting loss of face send Sa to the Imperial city to find a killer whose methods are as terrifying as they are elusive, Sa needs the talents of his wife more than ever to inflitrate the emperor's inner circle. Rowland's series positively smokes with historical atmospherics ( Publishers Weekly ), and THE SAMURAI'S WIFE is her most intricate and compelling vel to date.
LAURA JOH ROWLAND is the author of the Sano Ichiro mysteries, which have twice been named Best Mysteries of the Year by Publishers Weekly. She lived through a natural disaster when Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed her house in New Orleans, and now lives in New York City.