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Shinju When beautiful wealthy Yukiko and low born artist Noriyoshi are found drowned together in a shinju or ritual double suicide everyone believes the culprit was forbidden love Everyone but newly appoi

  • Title: Shinju
  • Author: Laura Joh Rowland
  • ISBN: 9781845299040
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • When beautiful, wealthy Yukiko and low born artist Noriyoshi are found drowned together in a shinju, or ritual double suicide, everyone believes the culprit was forbidden love Everyone but newly appointed yoriki Sano Ichiro.Despite the official verdict and warnings from his superiors, the shogun s Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People suspects theWhen beautiful, wealthy Yukiko and low born artist Noriyoshi are found drowned together in a shinju, or ritual double suicide, everyone believes the culprit was forbidden love Everyone but newly appointed yoriki Sano Ichiro.Despite the official verdict and warnings from his superiors, the shogun s Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People suspects the deaths weren t just a tragedy they were murder Risking his family s good name and his own life, Sano will search for a killer across every level of society determined to find answers to a mystery no one wants solved No one but SanoAs subtle and beautiful as the culture it evokes, Shinju vividly re creates a world of ornate tearooms and gaudy pleasure palaces, cloistered mountaintop convents and deathly prisons.Part love story, part mystery, Shinju is a tour that will dazzle and entertain all who enter its world.

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    1. Linda on said:

      Yoriki Sano Ichiro left a cushy job as a tutor and history scholar to become Edo's newest senior police commander. This was a time when the higher echelon your family belonged to, the greater your pull in society. Years ago, Sano's great-grandfather had saved a fellow soldier who just happened to be a very important person. His father was the man that approached the family to make compensation. It was Sano's duty to obey his sire and accept the family's patronage in the form of this highly-prize [...]

    2. Jane on said:

      Delightful historical mystery set in feudal Japan of the 17th century. Yoriki [Police Commander] Sano Ichiro is confronted with a supposed shinju [double suicide of two lovers]. Sano, with the help of Dr. Ito, prison doctor, ascertains that there were two murders. Dr. Ito performs an autopsy, which is forbidden by Japanese law at that time, as "Western." Against orders of Sano's superior, Sano sets about finding the culprit. During his investigation, a conspiracy to assassinate the shogun is unc [...]

    3. Lata on said:

      Interesting start to a mystery series situated in 17th century Japan. The central character is a man who is a samurai, and works as a policeman. He's not comfortable in his role, and felt more comfortable in his previous life as a scholar. Sano Ichiro, becomes involved in an investigation into what looks like a double suicide. And though the mystery is interesting, with a noble family involved and various colourful commoners, too, and political machinations, what really kept me going was watchin [...]

    4. Dawn (& Ron) on said:

      This is an old review from a few years ago, with some new comments added including Ron's opinion and our combined thoughts on this first entry in the Sano Ichiro series.The author transports the reader not only to 17th century Japan but into the mindset of the Samurai ethics and culture. Rowland wraps all this in an intricate mystery of a supposed ritual double suicide, of a noble woman and a commoner, which helps us to further understand the culture. It is the constraints of Japanese society an [...]

    5. John on said:

      I have had a number of friends recommend reading this book, so after a while, I decided to pick it up and give it a chance. I enjoy historical settings and wanted to be immersed into a Rowland's Edo Japan.Immediately, the reader is introduced to Sano Ichiro, who is not your typical samurai and allows his personal sense of duty and curiosity override his obligation and duty more than an ordinary samurai should. However, his departure from tradition is pointed out as a break from the norm and even [...]

    6. Zoey on said:

      I couldn't finish this book. The main character, Sano, tired me with his waffling. I understand that Sano was struggling against tradition and expectation, but after reading about three or four of his internal debates over this, it gets old. And the number of times he folds to pressure - or nearly does - to give up his investigation, only to turn right back around and decide that no, he can't give up; that got tiresome too.

    7. Mery on said:

      Pertama liat cover buku ini di TM bookstore. Woa keren tentang Samurai.Tapi ternyata setelah baca, buku ini tidak hanya menyajikan tentang Samurai saja. Tapi tentang detektif mencari kebenaran.Buku ini menceritakan bagaimana seorang putra Ronin (Samurai tak bertuan) bernama Sano Ichiro harus mengemban tugas sebagai seorang Yoriki (Komandan Polisi), sebagai seorang Samurai dia harus selalu mengabdi setia dan patuh terhadap tuannya seperti Samurai lainnya dan tidak jatuh sebagai Ronin seperti ayah [...]

    8. Rie Rose on said:

      Loved this book. It is a fascinating look at feudal Japan. The first in a long series I am eager to see more of. Sano Ichiro is the only son of a samurai who runs a martial arts academy. Through patronage and pulled favors, he has been appointed a yoriki -- senior police commander -- in the city of Edo.He is asked to "investigate" an apparent double suicide or Shinju by his superior, but is really expected to just sweep the whole thing under the rug and make it disappear. A former scholar and te [...]

    9. Doreen on said:

      So I'm something of a feudal Japanese culture aficionado. I'm not great with dates or names, but I very much understand (even if I don't necessarily approve of) the samurai ethos. When I first read about this series, I thought, "Feudal Japanese noir? That can happen?" And oh yes, it can! Sano Ichiro is the closest thing the era could possibly have to a hard-boiled investigator. Nearly all of his actions and impulses rang true to me. I did have qualms with his devotion to the non-samurai ideals o [...]

    10. Amy on said:

      Wow. What a marvelous book! Talk about culture shock! Talk about world-building! Talk about complex, multi-faceted plotting!I'm not even sure I can describe this book! It's set in Japan during the Edo period, so everything is very rigid. Filial duty, honor, and service to one's master are all top priorities. The whole society is based on these things, so when personal ambitions, desires, and truth to oneself crop up, there are some major complications that cause shuddering ramifications to all k [...]

    11. Rincewind on said:

      As much as I love the history and the mystery of historical detective fiction, I take mine with two spoonfuls of mystery and one spoon of history. Laura Joh Rowland's Sano Ichiro series reverses that order and gives me a different kind of a thriller. Set in feudal japan, another area I enjoy immensely - thanks to Stan Sakai and Kurosawa, Shinju is our introduction to Sano Ichiro, a Yoriki (Samurai Cop), who holds the code of honor above anything else. Tasked to "investigate" a twin suicide (the [...]

    12. Kay Michel on said:

      I was very excited to begin reading this series. I love historical fiction. I became immersed in the story and I couldn't wait to get to the ending (in a good way!) It was surprisingly accurate. The character seems conflicted, which I liked despite some of the mixed reviews. I would have given this book five stars, but some of the details seemed to drag on at times which was the only downside that I encountered.

    13. Serge Pierro on said:

      Being interested in feudal japan and samurai, I find this series of books to be well researched and Rowland is able to portray the setting convincingly. The series starts off a bit rough, but she really hits her stride later in the series, as both the story and her talent blossom. Fans of the CCG Legend of the Five Rings will find this series to be very interesting!

    14. Megan on said:

      I was quite impressed with this. I got a sense of the time and place without the book being overly preachy or lecturing me. I found the main character believable with sensible motivations and the plot moved along well. If only there had been an author's note at the end.

    15. Emma on said:

      Wonderful setting for the whole series. Rich history and characters. Three stars for that. The mystery itself was quite predictable. Reader coul easily guess at early stage this was a beginning to series where a policeman strays from his path to become a private detective. At the age such didn't exist - until now. Will definitely read the series further.

    16. Shotgun on said:

      HIstorická detektivka z období éry 徳川 (tokugawa). Jde o první knihu ze série příběhů, kde vystupuje Sano Ičiró, jehož policejní kariéru mapují další knihy z této série.Sano je ve svém úřadě jen několik dnů a hned je nucen se úředně vypořádat se šinjú (smíšená sebevražda). Snad aby ukázal, že nové koště dobře mete, dojde se podívat na mrtvolu. Překvapivě zjistí, že utopenec nemá v plicích ani deci vody, což moc nejde do kupy s motivem sebevra [...]

    17. Rhea on said:

      Distrik Edo, Jepang abad ke-17 Ketika Yukiko, si gadis cantik nan kaya, ditemukan tenggelam di Sungai Sumida bersama Noriyoshi, si seniman miskin, semua orang yakin bahwa itu adalah sinju atau ritual bunuh diri berdua karena cinta terlarang. Tak ada yang ragu, kecuali Sano Ichiro, seorang penyelidik baru. Tak acuh dengan perintah resmi dan peringatan dari para atasannya, Sano mencurigai kematian keduanya bukan sekadar tragedi-mereka pasti telah dibunuh. Mempertaruhkan nama baik keluarga dan nyaw [...]

    18. J.T. on said:

      A surprisingly good mystery novel set in 17th-century Japan, and a welcome respite from a stream of subpar Russia books. However, one can't help but feel that a modern crime story (plus its tropes) was pasted into the exotic setting at times

    19. Cheshire Public Library on said:

      I’m a voracious reader, but my reading skills lately have been the pits. This cold winter weather getting anyone else down in the dumps?I finally finished a book last night, from the stack of books that have yet to be finished. This particular one, Shinju, by Laura Joh Rowland, was supposed to be done for mystery book club two weeks ago. Ooops.195979Shinju follows beginning investigating police office (of sorts, his official title is yoriki) Sano Ichiro in 17th century feudal Japan. Sano, a sa [...]

    20. Brent Thomas on said:

      Quick Review: A quite fun and rewarding read. Rowland does a great job of dropping in enough details about Japan without distracting from the story. Although I will admit feeling the fourth act dragged a little, I never had any problems picking the book up and emerging myself in its world. Also, I think I might just have to rush and pick up book number two in the series.Spoilers Lurk Below Analysis: A few years back I tried to write my own little story about set in Japan. (You can read the remna [...]

    21. Althea Ann on said:

      In Japan of the 1670's, Sano Ichiro's elderly, ailing father has pulled some strings to get him appointed yoriki (which seems to be much like a police sergeant). However, from the very start, Sano finds himself in conflict at his job - his superior orders him to quietly bury the embarrassing discovery of the bodies of a wealthy young noblewoman and a commoner known for his erotic artworks - apparently a double suicide based on their doomed love. But Sano has a feeling that this was not suicide b [...]

    22. Tony on said:

      SHINJU. (1994). Laura Joh Rowland. ***1/2.This was the first novel in a series that featured the samurai hero, Sano. As I later learned, the author has so far written eighteen novels in total continuing Sano’s adventures. The story is set in Edo, no Tokyo, in 1680, during the Genroku Period. It all starts when a couple, tied together, is found in the river. It is presumed that they died by a mutual suicide pact, called shinju. It was further believed since the young woman was of noble caste, w [...]

    23. Philip on said:

      I enjoyed this text immensely. I enjoy stories set in the Tokugawa shogunate, and "Shinju" reveals a nuanced understanding of the period. Much like the antecedent "Detective Dee" series of mysteries, this text explored honor, social pressures and justice in a time and place very different from modern Americans' experience. The author has clearly examined the curious balance of power between the Shogun, daimyo, and samurai class. My sole concern in the author's failure to recognize that koku rati [...]

    24. LJ on said:

      SHINJU – (Official Investigator-Japan-1600s) – GRowland, Laura Joh – 1st in seriesHarper Torch, 1994, PaperbackSano Ichiro is newly, and somewhat unhappily, been appointed as an investigator. His first case is that of Shinju, the ritual double suicide of a low-born artist and the wealthy daughter of an important family. He is told to drop his investigation, but Sano is convinced it was murder and is driven to find the killer.*** Rowland has done a good job of conveying the sights, sounds, [...]

    25. necromancer on said:

      A solid 5 out of 5 stars!☆☆☆☆☆The plot of this book was, for want of a better word, magical. Murder, cover-ups, wolves in sheep's clothing, lies Newly-appointed yoriki Sano Ichiro has to deal with all this and more while he tries to figure out the balance between duty and desire, conformity and self-expression, in his search for the truth.One would assume that as the story is set in a place most of us know nothing about (feudal Japan), it would be hard to understand all the references [...]

    26. Mara on said:

      Worth reading for the peek into the culture and daily life of 17th century Japan, though the mystery plot is not very compelling (it's pretty obvious who the culprit is from early on). Rowland's samurai detective spends quite a bit of this book agonizing over the conflict between his desire to solve the crime and his desire to bring honor to his family by being obedient to his superiors (who have ordered him to stop pestering the elite members of society with his questions). That's an interestin [...]

    27. Sandie on said:

      This was a long book by Laura Joh Rowland, who is of Chinese and Korean descent but writes about 17th century Japan. I thought the book was overly long and the writing did not endear me to the plot or the characters. Her style is fairly pedantic. There were a few places where a good editor could have smoothed out the story. There were many marches and fights, perhaps too many? Some torture as well. I will most likely not read another of the many she has written about this character and period.

    28. Shari on said:

      This is my first Rowland book and what I really liked about her work is the way she vividly portrayed Japan during the 17th century. Her portrayal of Edo (Tokyo) is fascinating, giving some good background as to how the city or the capital is the way it is now physically and culturally. The story was interesting. Sano is a plausible character whose background and encounters give the additional twists to the mystery. However, it was mostly the setting and history that got me going in my reading. [...]

    29. Zip on said:

      I don't usually like thriller or detective stories, but I love books about Japan, especially historic Japan of the Shoguns, so I thought I'll try didn't work. I don't think I'll continue to the rest of the series.

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