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Only the most powerful of warriors possesses the kiai, the spirit cry that can kill a man with a scream...Sent into virtual exile to investigate a murder in Miyako, the Imperial City fifteen days' journey from the shogun's court, Sano undertakes a desperate search for a killer whose method is as terrifying as it is elusive, for how can a cry be a murder weapon? Surrounded by treachery and mounting danger, Sano and Reiko, his spirited new wife, must find safe passage through the mazes of court intrigue - before the repercussions of the violence in Miyako reach all the way to the shogun himself.
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Laura Joh Rowland came to writing by accident, having first gained a degree in microbiology and a masters in public health, and then working as a chemist and microbiologist. She is the author of more than a dozen acclaimed murder mysteries, particularly the Sano Ichiro series set in feudal Japan and featuring samurai detective Sano Ichiro. The granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants, Laura Joh Rowland grew up in Michigan and now lives in New Orleans.
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