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Bundori (Sano Ichiro, Book 2) by Laura Joh Rowland

By Laura Joh Rowland

The sequel to the acclaimed novel Shinju back good points detective Sano Ichiro as he trails a serial killer stalking feudal Japan. In 1689, an omnipotent shogun controls the kingdom, surrounded by way of sour machinations and political intrigues. while an historic culture all at once and brutally reappears, Sano dangers every little thing to convey the killer to justice.

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And the whole unchanging vista was made even grayer, most of the year, by a pall of urban haze that hung low over the rooftops. This concrete shabbiness seems to be almost a design requirement for major cities throughout East Asia. Vast sections of many major Asian cities were destroyed in World War II, either by the Japanese conquerors or by the American/British/Dutch/Australian forces that came along to batter Japan into submission. After the war, the priority was to get roofs over people’s heads as quickly and cheaply as possible.

The most valuable lessons I received about Asia’s social miracle came from the man next door. Chapter 3 Pine Tree by the Rice Paddy CLOSETED UPSTAIRS IN A BEDROOM about the size of a tea towel, the fifteen-year-old Bon Jovi wanna-be in our family was twanging horrendously on an electric bass. Magnified to the megadecibel level by an industrial-strength amplifier, the noise—a fifteen-year-old might call it music-exploded down the stairwell and reverberated painfully off the walls. You could almost see the paint peeling.

He started chatting. He was terribly sorry to intrude on our honorable family when we must be extremely busy, and by the way, the summer was hot and muggy, autumn might be cooler, although you never really know, he was sure the weather must be better in our honorable home country, he hoped to get in a game of golf next Sunday, his wife was not feeling well, hadn’t really been herself for months now. ” This phrase—it means “as for the matter at hand …”—marks the pivotal moment in a Japanese conversation.

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