The Concubine's Tattoo
Tattoo english first edition (1998)
Author: Laura Joh Rowland
Cover Artist: Unknown
Publication Information
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: December 1st, 1998
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780312192525
Previous: The Way of the Traitor
Next: The Samurai's Wife

The Concubine's Tattoo is the fourth book in the Sano Ichirō series. It was originally released on December 1st, 1998. It was preceded by The Way of the Traitor and followed by The Samurai's Wife.

Official SynopsisEdit

"Samurai detective Sano Ichiro tackles his most challenging case yet when the shogun's favorite concubine, Lady Harume, dies of a poison tattoo on a very private part of her body. While Sano's worst enemy, the corrupt Chamberlain Yanagisawa, plots against him, Sano investigates Lady Harume's lovers, rivals, and troubled history in a quest to identify her killer before political tensions erupt in a bloody purge of potential culprits. An added complication is Sano's arranged marriage to Lady Reiko, who is not the traditional, obedient wife Sano expects, but an intelligent, headstrong, aspiring detective bent on helping him solve the mystery of The Concubine's Tattoo."[1]


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Character AppearancesEdit


  • Lady Keisho-in
  • Priest Ryuko


  • Sano Ichirō
  • Sano Reiko
  • Magistrate Ueda
  • Tokugawa Tsunayoshi
  • Lady Keisho-in
  • Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu
  • Shichisaburo
  • More to come...

Character DeathsEdit

  • Shichisaburo (Offscreen)


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Cover VariationsEdit


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  1. List of Sano Ichiro books

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