This article is about the book series. For the character, see Sano Ichirō.

The Sano Ichirō series is a series of eighteen novels written by Laura Joh Rowland. They follow Sano Ichirō, a 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 often held above his head. Over the course of the series, you meet a wide cast of characters and learn about the struggle of living in an area with extremely harsh laws.

List of booksEdit

  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)


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


  1. Shinju excerpt

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