Red Chrysanthemum In her 11th book about samurai Sano Ichiro — now second-in-command to the shogun in 1698 Japan — Laura Joh Rowland sets the stakes high.… Red Chrysanthemum In her 11th book about samurai Sano Ichiro — now second-in-command to the shogun in 1698 Japan — Laura Joh Rowland sets the stakes high.… 2006-11-14 Fiction St. Martin's Minotaur
Book Review

Red Chrysanthemum (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 14, 2006; Writer: Laura Joh Rowland; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur

In her 11th book about samurai Sano Ichiro — now second-in-command to the shogun in 1698 Japan — Laura Joh Rowland sets the stakes high. Sano's beset on all sides by sworn enemies (and allies); his loyal deputy seems alarmingly distracted; he's accused of mounting a coup — all while investigating the murder of a local lord, whose castrated body was found next to a naked, pregnant woman: Sano's wife. Blending political intrigue and barbed sexual commentary, Rowland builds Red Chrysanthemum's pulpy setup into a crisply lurid Rashomon mystery that makes up in page-turnability what it lacks in surprise.

Originally posted Nov 17, 2006 Published in issue #908 Nov 24, 2006 Order article reprints
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