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In the end, Sano lives, and he returns to Edo the series would be very different if he did not.
However, it is the lessons he learns that makes the story important in the development of the character. For that is the purpose of the book in the overall series, developing Sano to deal with the challenges in the later books. Now my complaint is since the story takes place in Nagasaki, I have the feeling that I will not see most of these characters ever again. As such, the politics were less pressing. I like the world Rowland is developing, and Nagasaki is on the edge of this world. Now, I hope I am wrong, but I will not know until I push farther into series.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has read the previous ones. I am less likely to recommend this book on its own since it builds so much upon the events of Bundori.
Jan 05, Aidan rated it it was amazing Shelves: mysteries , historical-fiction. I enjoyed Bundori, the second book in the series, but found it to lack some of the tension that had made Shinju, the first outing for samurai detective Sano Ichiro, such a page-turning read. Here Rowland is at her best, creating a real sense of peril - not only for Sano but potentially for all of Japan as his investigation into the murder of a Dutch merchant may not only ruin his career and destroy his honor, but it could also result in war.
As with previous entries in the series, Rowland does a f I enjoyed Bundori, the second book in the series, but found it to lack some of the tension that had made Shinju, the first outing for samurai detective Sano Ichiro, such a page-turning read. As with previous entries in the series, Rowland does a fine job of evoking feudal Japan and, in particular, discussing Japan's isolationism during this period.
I do appreciate that Rowland does not just graft a Japanese setting onto a typical murder mystery plot but rather seems to find her mysteries from ideas and customs unique to the Japan of this period. Sano remains an interesting character - conflicted between his desire to adhere to the tenets of Bushido which demands loyalty to his master and his feelings of disgust at the corruption of those in power. Here we get to see him placed in positions of enormous difficulty as he begins the story exiled to Nagasaki in the Shogun's absence and unable to freely talk to the key witnesses both because of language barriers and the restrictions against free association with foreigners.
These challenges make for an interesting story as we are not only left wondering what Sano's investigation will turn up but also how Sano will manage to find out anything at all. The result is a fascinating case that comes together nicely with a very neat solution albeit one that probably won't come as a shock to readers. Of the Sano mysteries I have read so far the first three plus Red Chrysanthemum this is the one I have enjoyed most and it certainly left me eager to devour the next in this series.
Mar 24, Carol rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction. This is the third book in Rowland's historical mystery series featuring Sano Ichiro, a former police chief in late 17th century Japan who is now working as a detective for the Tokugawa regime. The Way of the Traitor centered around the murder of a Dutch trader in the harbor city of Nagasaki. There, the European traders are confined to the island of Deshima and allowed extremely limited contact with the Japanese.
Sano's investigation leads him into great danger due to the complex politics and int This is the third book in Rowland's historical mystery series featuring Sano Ichiro, a former police chief in late 17th century Japan who is now working as a detective for the Tokugawa regime.
Sano's investigation leads him into great danger due to the complex politics and intrigue going on in Nagasaki. While this book had its interesting points, I didn't like it as much as the previous two novels in the series. I like the way the setting and circumstances of the murder allow Rowland to take a look at 17th century Japan's isolationist policies regarding the western world.
Rowland is fairly critical of them, pointing out how the isolationism put the nation at a technological disadvantage and how the political situation resulting from the isolationism bred corruption, deceit, and suspicion. On the other hand, I thought the way Rowland set up the story was a little heavy-handed and contrived. I also thought the way the plot played out focused a bit too much on the perils Sano faced and not enough on the investigation of the murder.
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