By Laura Joh Rowland
July 1698. Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective who has risen to turn into the shogun's second-in-command, is investigating rumors of a plot to overthrow the ruling regime. whilst the research brings Sano's deputy Hirata to Lord Mori's property, he's stunned to discover Lord Mori murdered and grotesquely mutilated in his personal mattress, and Sano's pregnant spouse, Reiko, mendacity beside him. the single reliable clue is a chrysanthemum soaked in blood.
Reiko's account of her activities is something yet strong. She insists that she went undercover to Lord Mori's property so as to examine claims that he molested and murdered younger boys. but if Sano inspects the crime scene, he reveals no hint of what Reiko defined. and each different witness tells a distinct tale: woman Mori alleges that Reiko used to be Lord Mori's scorned mistress and murdered him for revenge. And Lord Mori himself, conversing via a medium, claims his homicide used to be a part of Sano's plot to overthrow the shogun!
Unless Sano can turn out his wife's not likely claims, either he and Reiko—and their unborn child—face execution for treason. Sano fights desperately to save lots of his kin and his honor, as Laura Joh Rowland attracts at the culture of the vintage movie Rashomon to convey us a masterful story of intrigue and treachery.