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I wish they hadn’t been so cruel,” said Sadenari, and Akitada forgave him his earlier remark. * For that night, they stayed in a small monastery on the outskirts of Eguchi, away from the noise and the temptations of its brothels. Akitada fell asleep immediately, dreaming of casting his line into the water from the veranda of his river pavilion and dragging out an enormous fish. The fish changed into the shape of a dead young girl who had the features of his little daughter. He came awake in a cold sweat and lay for a while looking up at the rafters.

The Boston Globe “You couldn’t ask for a more gracious introduction to the exotic world of Imperial Japan than the stately historical novels of I. J. ” Publishers Weekly, Starred Review “. the author possesses both intimate knowledge of the time period and a fertile imagination as well. ” Historical Novel Society Also by I. J. J. S. She has published her Akitada stories in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, winning the Shamus award in 2000. Several stories have also appeared in collections, such as Fifty Years of Crime and Suspense and the recent Shaken.

She looked . . ” Akitada laughed. ” The young man jumped up, knocking over his flask of wine. “Go ahead and have your little joke, sir. ” To Akitada’s embarrassment, the youngster’s voice broke. “I was so proud of serving under you, but you’re just like all the rest. ” It got quiet in the restaurant; eyes turned their way. The old waiter hobbled over with a cloth to mop up the wine. “Sit down, Sadenari,” said Akitada through clenched teeth. ” Louder, he added, “Come, let’s eat this excellent food and then get a good night’s rest.

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