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This article is about the book series. For information on the character, see Sano Ichirō (character).


The Sano Ichirō series is a series of eighteen mystery novels written by Laura Joh Rowland. They follow Sano Ichirō- a yoriki turned samurai detective- and his life in the Shogun's court. Each book focuses on a mystery that Sano has to solve for the Shogun, usually with the threat of his life and his family and close associates often held above his head. Over the course of the series, a wide cast of characters develops and the struggle of living in an area with oppressive laws is explored.

List Edit

  1. Shinjū (1994)
  2. Bundori (1996)
  3. The Way of the Traitor (1997)
  4. The Concubine's Tattoo (1998)
  5. The Samurai's Wife (2000)
  6. Black Lotus (2001)
  7. The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria (2002)
  8. The Dragon King's Palace (2003)
  9. The Perfumed Sleeve (2004)
  10. The Assassin's Touch (2005)
  11. Red Chrysanthemum (2006)
  12. The Snow Empress (2007)
  13. The Fire Kimono (2008)
  14. The Cloud Pavilion (2009)
  15. The Ronin's Mistress (2011)
  16. The Incense Game (2012)
  17. The Shogun's Daughter (2013)
  18. The Iris Fan (2014)

Trivia Edit

  • The official site includes excerpts from each novel.[1]

References Edit

  1. Excerpt from Shinjū, Laura Joh Rowland's website

See also Edit

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