Description The Shogun's Daughter de Laura Joh Rowland:
Japan, 1704. In an elegant mansion a young woman named Tsuruhime lies dying of smallpox, attended by her nurse. Incense burns, to banish the evil spirits of disease. After Tsuruhime takes her last breath, the old woman watching from the doorway says, "Who's going to tell the Shogun his daughter is dead?" The death of the Shogun's daughter has immediate consequences for his regime. There will be no grandchild to inherit the kingdom. Faced with his own mortality and beset by troubles caused by the recent earthquake, he names as his heir Yoshisato, the seventeen-year-old son he only recently discovered was his. Until five months ago, Yoshisato was raised as the illegitimate son of Yanagisawa, the shogun's favorite advisor. Yanagisawa is also the longtime enemy of Sano Ichiro. Sano doubts that Yoshisato is really the Shogun's son, believing it's more likely a power-play by Yanagisawa. When Sano learns that Tsuruhime's death may have been murder, he sets off on a dangerous investigation that leads to more death and destruction as he struggles to keep his pregnant wife, Reiko, and his son safe. Instead, he and his family become the accused. And this time, they may not survive the day.
LAURA JOH ROWLAND is the author of sixteen previous novels in her acclaimed series of thrillers set in feudal Japan- two of them have been named among the Best Mysteries of the Year by "Publishers Weekly," while a third was declared one of the five best historical mystery novels by "The Wall Street Journal." "The Incense Game, "her most recent novel, won the "RT Book Reviews" Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery. She lives in New York City.