The Assassin`s Touch

The Assassin`s Touch by Laura Joe Rowland

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May 1695. During a horse race at Edo Castle the chief of the shogun`s intelligence service, Ejima Senzaemon, drops dead as his horse gallops across the finish line-the fourth in a recent series of sudden deaths of high-ranking officials. Sano Ichiro is ordered to investigate, despite his recent promotion to chamberlain and his new duties as the shogun`s second-in-command.

Meanwhile, Sano`s wife, Reiko, is invited to attend the trial of Yugao, a beautiful young woman accused of stabbing her parents and sister to death. The woman has confessed, but the magistrate believes there is more to this case than meets the eye. He delays his verdict and asks Reiko to prove Yugao`s guilt or innocence.

As their investigations continue, both Sano and Reiko come to realize that the man he is trying to hunt and the woman she is desperate to save are somehow connected. A single fingerprint on Ejima`s temple puts Sano on the trail of an underground movement to overthrow the regime, and in the path of an assassin with a deadly touch.

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Laura Joe Rowland

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Laura Joh Rowland (eng.

Laura Joh Rowland ) Sino-Korean American, author of a series of historical detective novels about the adventures of the medieval Japanese investigator - Sano Isiro. Born 1954, granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants, raised in Michigan. There was no literary tradition in Laura`s family. Among her ancestors are teachers, doctors or engineers. Therefore, without hesitation, she chose the path of naturalist and entered the University of Michigan, where she received a bachelor`s degree in microbiology and a master`s degree in public health. She worked as a chemist for a research project on environmental protection and pollution problems in Lake Huron. Then she was a microbiologist, and in 1981 with her husband moved to New Orleans, where Laura became a sanitary doctor for the city. Later she got a job as a quality engineer at Lockheed Martin at NASA, where she spent 14 years developing fuel tanks for spacecraft. At the same time, drawing became her hobby, in which she achieved certain success, illustrating children`s books for herself and her friends. Once Laura drew a whole book, but it`s a shame - there was no text in it. And then she tried to compose herself ...

Her father was a big fan of detective stories, among her favorite writers - Agatha Christie, Earl Stanley Gardner, Mickey Spillane, Ross MacDonald and other classics of the detective genre. Laura began with the adventures of Nancy Drew, and then re-read many of the detective genre books available in the extensive home library. For her friends, Rowland began writing short detective stories. She liked this genre much more than stories for children. But before the first novels appeared, which brought Rowland fame, he had to engage in literary self-education. "Shinju" and "Bundori" are the books with which Rowland came to an overwhelming success. The image of the samurai Sano Isiro did not appear immediately. The first two detective stories remained unpublished. To the publishers, they seemed naive and too "ordinary". The editors advised her to come up with something unique. Sano Isiro, the protagonist of Rowland`s first published detective "Shinju", became such a rare character for an American detective. Interestingly, the Japanese samurai was chosen by the writer not at all because she is Chinese by origin. Sano Isiro owes his birth to Rowland`s passion for Japanese cinema. In college, she studied Oriental history as an optional subject and fell in love with Akira Kurosawa`s films. It was Japan in the 17th century that gave Rowland those collisions that she considered optimal for a successful crime novel. The police state, the flourishing of culture and religion. Samurai, merchants, clergy, prostitutes, actors, artists, bandits, corruption, sex in all its forms and ...

violence. Since the early 1990s, Rowland has published 14 books. The latter - the novel "The Cloud Pavilion" about another case of the samurai Sano Isiro - was released in 2009. Laura long ago left her former job and lives only on literary royalties. Now Laura Joe Rowland has begun work on a new series - about the adventures of the writer Charlotte Brontë in Victorian England, two books have already been published in this series. Her family is husband Marty and three cats, with whom she lives in her home in New Orleans. Rowland`s books are a huge success not only in the United States, but also in Europe and Asia. The writer`s site - http://www.laurajohrowland.com/ Wikipedia Bibliography Series Sano Ichiro - Sano Isiro 1994 - 1.

Shinju - Shinju 1996 - 2 Bundori - Bundori 1997 - 3.

The Way of the Traitor 1998 - 4.

The Concubine`s Tattoo - Tattoo of a concubine 2000 - 5.

The Samurai`s Wife - Samurai`s wife 2001 - 6.

Black Lotus - Black Lotus 2002 - 7.

The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria - Intimate Diary of a Geisha 2003 - 8.

The Dragon King`s Palace - Palace of Lust 2004 - 9.

The Perfumed Sleeve - Scented Sleeve 2005 - 10.

The Assassin`s Touch 2006 - 11.

The Red Chrysanthemum - Red Chrysanthemum 2007 - 12 The Snow Empress 2008 - 13.

The Fire Kimono 2009 - 14.

The Cloud Pavilion 2011 - 15.

The Ronin`s Mistress Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte 2008 - 1.

The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte - Secret Adventures Charlotte Bronte 2010 - 2.

Bedlam: The Further Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte

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Laura Joh Rowland (eng. Laura Joh Rowland ) Sino-Korean American, author of a series of historical detective novels about the adventures of the medieval Japanese investigator - Sano Isiro. Born 1954, granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants, raised in Michigan. There was no literary tradition in Laura`s family. Among her ancestors are teachers, doctors or engineers. Therefore, without hesitation, she chose the path of naturalist and entered the University of Michigan, where she received a bachelor`s degree in microbiology and a master`s degree in public health. She worked as a chemist for a research project on environmental protection and pollution problems in Lake Huron. Then she was a microbiologist, and in 1981 with her husband moved to New Orleans, where Laura became a sanitary doctor for the city. Later she got a job as a quality engineer at Lockheed Martin at NASA, where she spent 14 years developing fuel tanks for spacecraft. At the same time, drawing became her hobby, in which she achieved certain success, illustrating children`s books for herself and her friends. Once Laura drew a whole book, but it`s a shame - there was no text in it. And then she tried to compose herself ... Her father was a big fan of detective stories, among her favorite writers - Agatha Christie, Earl Stanley Gardner, Mickey Spillane, Ross MacDonald and other classics of the detective genre. Laura began with the adventures of Nancy Drew, and then re-read many of the detective genre books available in the extensive home library. For her friends, Rowland began writing short detective stories. She liked this genre much more than stories for children. But before the first novels appeared, which brought Rowland fame, he had to engage in literary self-education. "Shinju" and "Bundori" are the books with which Rowland came to an overwhelming success. The image of the samurai Sano Isiro did not appear immediately. The first two detective stories remained unpublished. To the publishers, they seemed naive and too "ordinary". The editors advised her to come up with something unique. Sano Isiro, the protagonist of Rowland`s first published detective "Shinju", became such a rare character for an American detective. Interestingly, the Japanese samurai was chosen by the writer not at all because she is Chinese by origin. Sano Isiro owes his birth to Rowland`s passion for Japanese cinema. In college, she studied Oriental history as an optional subject and fell in love with Akira Kurosawa`s films. It was Japan in the 17th century that gave Rowland those collisions that she considered optimal for a successful crime novel. The police state, the flourishing of culture and religion. Samurai, merchants, clergy, prostitutes, actors, artists, bandits, corruption, sex in all its forms and ... violence. Since the early 1990s, Rowland has published 14 books. The latter - the novel "The Cloud Pavilion" about another case of the samurai Sano Isiro - was released in 2009. Laura long ago left her former job and lives only on literary royalties. Now Laura Joe Rowland has begun work on a new series - about the adventures of the writer Charlotte Brontë in Victorian England, two books have already been published in this series. Her family is husband Marty and three cats, with whom she lives in her home in New Orleans. Rowland`s books are a huge success not only in the United States, but also in Europe and Asia. The writer`s site - http://www.laurajohrowland.com/ Wikipedia Bibliography Series Sano Ichiro - Sano Isiro 1994 - 1. Shinju - Shinju 1996 - 2 Bundori - Bundori 1997 - 3. The Way of the Traitor 1998 - 4. The Concubine`s Tattoo - Tattoo of a concubine 2000 - 5. The Samurai`s Wife - Samurai`s wife 2001 - 6. Black Lotus - Black Lotus 2002 - 7. The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria - Intimate Diary of a Geisha 2003 - 8. The Dragon King`s Palace - Palace of Lust 2004 - 9. The Perfumed Sleeve - Scented Sleeve 2005 - 10. The Assassin`s Touch 2006 - 11. The Red Chrysanthemum - Red Chrysanthemum 2007 - 12 The Snow Empress 2008 - 13. The Fire Kimono 2009 - 14. The Cloud Pavilion 2011 - 15. The Ronin`s Mistress Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte 2008 - 1. The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte - Secret Adventures Charlotte Bronte 2010 - 2. Bedlam: The Further Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte