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The Iris Fan is the 20th published work by Laura Joh Rowland and the 18th and last entry in the Sano Ichirō series. It was originally published on December 9, 2014 by St. Martin's Press.

Synopsis[]

"Japan, 1709. The shogun is old and ailing. Amid the ever-treacherous intrigue in the court, Sano Ichiro has been demoted from chamberlain to a lowly patrol guard. His relationship with his wife Reiko is in tatters, and a bizarre new alliance between his two enemies Yanagisawa and Lord Ienobu has left him puzzled and wary. Sano's onetime friend Hirata is a reluctant conspirator in a plot against the ruling regime. Yet, Sano's dedication to the Way of the Warrior--the samurai code of honor--is undiminished.

Then a harrowing, almost inconceivable crime takes place. In his own palace, the shogun is stabbed with a fan made of painted silk with sharp-pointed iron ribs. Sano is restored to the rank of chief investigator to find the culprit. This is the most significant, and most dangerous, investigation of his career. If the shogun's heir is displeased, he will have Sano and his family put to death without waiting for the shogun's permission, then worry about the consequences later. And Sano has enemies of his own, as well as unexpected allies. As the previously unimaginable death of the shogun seems ever more possible, Sano finds himself at the center of warring forces that threaten not only his own family but Japan itself."[1]

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Plot[]

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Character Appearances[]

Debut[]

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Character Deaths[]

  • Tokugawa Tsunayoshi
  • Yanagisawa Kikuko
  • Lady Yanagisawa
  • Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu
  • Hirata

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References[]

  1. Book List, Laura Joh Rowland. Retrieved March 20th, 2016.

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