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This is the Shamus award winning short story that introduces the reader to the young Akitada Sugwara, a junior law clerk in eleventh century imperial Japan. Akitada loses his job early in the story and in desperation to make money to support his widowed mother and unmarried sisters, he agrees to help find the missing daughter of the man in charge of wrestling for the imperial court. Akitada, trained in law, has a knack for investigation that quickly leads him to solve the case with only a few fa...more
I was glad to see several titles by one of my favorite writers appear as Barnes & Noble ebooks. This is a short story about Akitada's start as a detective. Akitada has no physical or personality defects that hold him back. His "flaw" is being a poor Junior official without powerful contacts in the rigid buracracy of 11th Century Japan.