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              Books by I. J. Parker

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              Akitada and the Way of Justice: The Akitada Stories
               

              Akitada and the Way of Justice: The Akitada Stories (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Parker, I. J.

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              Eleven stories about crime and detection in eleventh century Japan are arranged chronologically. Sugawara Akitada, a court official, solves murder cases with clues like moon cakes, Chinese lutes, feral cats, and incense. Murder happens even on traditional holidays and in sacred p...laces. An accidental meeting between a recently dismissed clerk and a father searching for his daughter, starts Akitada on his life-long search for justice. It takes him from palaces to the rice paddies of poor farmers. Evil, he discovers, is found everywhere and in unexpected places; it resides in learned men, beautiful women, humble servants, and devout monks. Death also arrives in many forms, during a go game, or while burning incense at an altar. It may even be the result of a tragic mistake.
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              ISBN 9781492890508
              Released NZ 18 Oct 2013
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              The Sword Master
               

              The Sword Master (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Parker, I. J.

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              In the streets of twelfth-century Kyoto, a homeless boy is brutalized and left to die. A selfless physician saves him but cannot soften his hardened spirit. Angry at the world and seeking vengeance against those who killed his parents, Hachiro rejects kindness and resolves to bec...ome a swordsman to avenge his parents. He succeeds beyond his dreams, but with fame comes trouble: every young fighter challenges him, three beautiful women want to own him, and the war between two powerful clans forces him onto the battlefield. He survives by his wits and skill to face a secret enemy who wants Hachiro's life. THE SWORD MASTER is a savage and moving tale of survival in a violent world.
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              ISBN 9781493553549
              Released NZ 21 Oct 2013
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              The Masuda Affair: An Akitada Novel
               

              The Masuda Affair: An Akitada Novel (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Parker, I. J.

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              While grieving the death of his small son, Akitada risks career, freedom, and family to rescue an abused child from a life of misery. The search for the boy's family leads to a harrowing story of love, murder, and abandonment. Meanwhile, his faithful servant Tora loses his new wi...fe to a powerful man who pursues beautiful women and will stop at nothing to posses them. The trails of both cases lead to the prostitutes and courtesans of the amusement quarter, and murder soon follows.
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              ISBN 9781495311703
              Released NZ 23 Jan 2014
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              The Crane Pavilion: An Akitada Novel
               

              The Crane Pavilion: An Akitada Novel (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Parker, I. J.

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              After the loss of his wife and newborn son, Akitada returns home, ostensibly to care for his motherless children, but really to withdraw from the world into his grief. When his friends and family join in an effort to draw him out of his seclusion by tempting him with a mystery, h...e responds halfheartedly until he becomes intrigued by the young woman's alleged suicide and the slipshod way in which the police investigated. But more serious problems arise: he faces dismissal and punishment for having left his last post without permission. Then Tora and Saburo are arrested for the murder of a gambler. Their dilemma forces Akitada to delve into the world of a gangster boss who controls gambling and prostitution, and this time Akitada will not escape. Praise for the Akitada series: Elegant and entertaining . . . Parker has created a wonderful protagonist in Akitada. She puts us at ease in a Japan of one thousand years ago. The Boston Globe Parker's research is extensive and she makes great use of the complex manners and relationships of feudal Japan. Globe and Mail Parker's series deserves a wide readership. Historical Novel Society Convict's Sword is a superb piece of literature set against the backdrop of 11th -century Kyoto. The Japan Times Terrifically imaginative The Wall Street Journal
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              ISBN 9781494935559
              Released NZ 7 Jan 2014
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