The Way of the Traitor

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Harper Collins, Apr 8, 1998 - Fiction - 384 pages
27 Reviews

A volatile, corrupt city threatened by toreign invasion and ru by an iron-fisted government, Nagasaki is the last place Sano Ichiro wants to be, Unfortunately, the shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People has been banished there by a wicked adversary in the shogun's court.

Surrounded by spies, Sano must tread carefully. When the body of a Dutch trader washes ashore, he finds himself leading an investigation that could push Japan into war -- even as it thrusts his life into the hands of powerful enemies. Sano has to unmask a killer and prove his innocence, or his samurai head, and maybe his country, will fall.


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User Review  - smik - LibraryThing

The setting of this book is historical, and one that I am familiar with: the Tokugawa Shogunate at Edo in Japan, 1689. There are now (2014) 18 titles in this popular series spanning 1689 to 1709. The ... Read full review

Review: The Way of the Traitor (Sano Ichiro #3)

User Review  - Philip - Goodreads

Don't bother. Book #3 of the series was a greater disappointment than the second. The plot revolves around the one opening from Tokugawa Japan to the rest of the world, Nagasaki. Again, the hero is ... Read full review

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Page 13 - Warrior taught that a samurai's sole purpose was to give his life to his lord's service. Duty, loyalty, and courage were its highest virtues, and together formed the foundation of a samurai's honor.
Page 174 - Tm honored, my lady," he would say, kneeling and bowing as if she were the most beautiful woman in the world. And she would bring out the ropes, the chains, the knives, the whip, the gun. "Don't be afraid," she would say as she initiated him into the way of love that she'd learned from her Dutch barbarian.
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About the author (1998)

Laura Joh Rowland is the daughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants. She grew up in Michigan and was educated at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a B.S. in Microbiology and a Masters in Public Health. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, Marty, and their three cats. She is the author of Shinju, Bundori, The Way of the Traitor, The Concubine's Tattoo, The Samurai's Wife, and Black Lotus, all of which feature the samurai detective Sano Ichiro.

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