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Cloud Pavilion (Sano Ichiro #14)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  591 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews

Japan, 1701. A terrified woman is brutally attacked amid a swirling storm of clouds. Meanwhile, at Edo Castle, samurai detective turned chamberlain, Sano Ichiro, is suspicious of his old rival, Yanagisawa, who has been oddly cooperative since returning from exile. But just as Yanagisawa’s true motives begin to emerge, Sano’s estranged uncle comes to him for help: His daug
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2009)
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The plot was good, and I admit I was wondering what in the world Yanagisawa is upto as he's always constantly plotting and neverending in his plot to get rid of Sano. Although it is getting somewhat stale and repetitive for the last several books and I'm wondering if there's anything new to this. At least the mystery case is new and different from previous cases. It's the same format, with Sano dealing with personal issues while trying to solve the case at the same time. It surprised me that thi ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Frohnatur rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Dieses Buch habe ich in meinem Bücherregal gefunden und ich weiß wirklich nicht mehr wie es dorthin gekommen ist. Erst beim Lesen wurde mir klar, dass es Teil einer Reihe ist. Allerdings hat das mein Lesevergnügen nicht getrübt. Ich hatte den Eindruck, dass ich für das Geschehen in diesem Buch alle wichtigen Informationen und Eindrücke bekommen habe, es gab aber auch immer wieder Rückgriffe auf frühere Ereignisse, die ich, wenn ich die Serie von Anfang an verfolgt hätte, wahrscheinlich noch bess ...more
Apr 22, 2013 Barry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the book, although most members of a book club I belong to did not. I'm uncertain if it is the demographics of the group or something else.

FIVE STARS. "The Cloud Pavilion"by Laura Joh Rowland is a historical mystery novel that is set in seventeenth century feudal Japan in the Genroku period. Chamberlain Sano Ichiro is one of the two lead investigators working at the behest of the Shogun to solve all manner of crimes within and against his empire. Sano, together with the main antagonist,
Jun 27, 2011 Marissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At this point in the series, there's definitely a pattern going on. Sano succeeds-all is well, Sano fails-escapes death-works his way back up. Over and over, from book to book. More and more often, the crimes in each book are sexually charged, as if rape is Rowland's default. Not meaning that sex can't be interesting, though. Black Lotus was crazy entertaining. Cloud Pavilion, not so much.

It's a personal preference, but I enjoy these books the most when Rowland takes the feudal Japanese setting
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
I enjoyed this book, but then I have enjoyed all of Rowland's Sano Ichiro series. This series of stories are an intriguing mix of crime detection, political intrigue and the ins and outs of Japanese culture at the end of the 1600s. All these elements come together well in "The Cloud Pavillion".
Sano is approached by his estranged uncle who wishes him to investigate the abduction (and later rape) of his daughter, Sano's cousin. Rape, apparently, was not a crime in 17th century Japan. The husband,
Jan 30, 2013 Sallee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This mystery in the Sano Ichiro series finds that Sano's cousin has been kidnapped and his estranged uncle comes to him for help. While looking for her, a yound girl and an elderly nun are also kidnapped and raped and all are found wandering in the streets, Sano tries to find who is doing this and when the Shogun's wife is kidnapped, the stakes are feven higher. Reiko, Sano's wife gets involved in the investigation at physical risk to herself. As the story comes to a conclusion, Sano finds out ...more
Dec 15, 2009 Viccy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent addition to this series. Sano is approached by his estranged uncle to find his missing daughter. Sano finds her, but she has been raped and dumped in the rain near the temple from which she was abducted. Her husband disowns her and she returns to her father's house in disgrace. Life in Edo (Tokyo) is hard in the 17th century. Reino and Sano determine they will find the kidnapper and bring him to justice. Sano is still feuding with the former chamberlain who has returned from ex ...more
Justin Yan
Oct 14, 2011 Justin Yan rated it liked it

This is probably my first real mystery book that I have read. I have to admit it is a bit mature for my age with the sexual references and such as that, but was truly well-written and intriguing. Basically Sano Ichiro is investigating the rape of his uncle's daughter. Gradually everything becomes more complicated and more rapes occur, with a varying age of women. Two suspects are eventually tried but are found in no ways guilty. Sano now has to worry for the safety of his children and family as

Brett Bydairk
Nov 16, 2013 Brett Bydairk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense, history
Another thrilling adventure in the career if Ichiro Sano, Chamberlain to the Shogun.
This time his estranged uncle comes to him to find his kidnapped daughter. Sano agrees, but two days later, she is found near where she disappeared, having been drugged and raped.
While investigating the kidnappers, Sano finds that two other women have had the same thing happen to them.
Meanwhile, co-chamberlain Yanagisawa is helping him find the villain(s) responsible; or is he? And what other game(s) is he playin
Japan, 1701. A woman is brutally attacked within a bamboo prison as clouds swirl around her head. Meanwhile, at Edo Castle, samurai detective turned chamberlain Sano Ichiro is suspicious of his old rival, Yanagisawa, who has been oddly cooperative since returning from exile.

But just as Yanagisawa’s true motives begin to emerge, Sano’s estranged uncle comes to him for help: His daughter has disappeared, and he begs Sano and his wife—who once suffered through the kidnapping of their own son—to fin
So, this series is sadly continuing to be weak, although with so many books invested into Sano I can't stop. This was a bit easier readability-wise compared to the previous, but it still felt super formulaic and like all the characters are really just going through the motions a this point.

This also deals with some really horrific themes of sexual abuse towards women, which historically have been dismissed as a "real problem." It can make for some uncomfortable and frustrating reading at times,
Dec 22, 2010 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
# 14 in the Sano Ichiro Japanese historical mystery series. Story opens in June, 1701 about a year after the previous one. As is usual in this series, the story develops out of previous ones: Sano's rivalry for power with his antagonist through the series, Sano's efforts to retain his position in the government, his up and down relationship with the Shogun and continued from the last novel Sano's developing relationship with his mother's family.

The primary mystery here is Sano's attempts to stop
Marian Allen
I've read several of these books and, as the stars in my review say, I like them. I've liked other ones better than this one, though. For one thing, this one was about rapes, and I'd always rather not read about rapes. I didn't get a good immersive feel about the time and culture, as I have in other books. If you like books about Japan, historical mysteries, books with strong female characters, and maybe a touch of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, this series is for you. Maybe don't start with th ...more
This was a favorite series of mine at one time. I still love Sano Ichiro and his wife Reiko, but Rowland got repetitive. The Snow Empress was a definite change of pace which I enjoyed. This book, however, is fairly usual. I did like the role that Reiko played in helping a couple of the woman victims and the way the book resolved.
Richard Etzel
Nov 26, 2012 Richard Etzel rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Rowland's many books centered on 16th century Japan are always spellbinding. This time Sano, a chamberlain of the shogun is called upon to investigate crimes against women. The author explains the various twists and turns of the plot in such a way that one never loses sight of the the characters and what they are about. The chapters are short making it possible to keep track. Recommend this book as a great read.
Serge Pierro
Aug 19, 2012 Serge Pierro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
More samurai goodness from Rowland. I'm liking the character development that has happened over the last fourteen books. The world and its characters are things I will continue to enjoy following. While some have found the storyline to be somewhat repetitious, I think that it is just a strong backdrop on which to develop the future stories. I still look forward to future volumes in the series.
Dec 07, 2012 Nancy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book landed in my lap and I picked it up. After 20 pages if it hadn't been set in the 1700s in Japan, and hadn't had a starred PW review, I would have dropped it. I should have. I'd never read Rowland before, and won't again, although I love the time period. Its characters were cookie-cuttered, laughably sexist and transparent; the storyline was simple and obvious; the "dangers" were regular and predictable; the feudal Japan details were interesting, but not nearly enough. Oh well.
Oct 28, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Another enjoyable book from one of my favourite non-fantasy series - not one of the best parts IMO but a very good read nonetheless. Yanagisawa, who happens to be my favourite character, is finally back where he belongs and doing what he does best and Masahiro also got some good scenes now that he's slowly growing up. Gotta say though, I liked Hirata better before all the mystical powers stuff...
Kevin Vrieze
Jan 15, 2017 Kevin Vrieze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice development in the Sano series. The Masahiro thread was a nice touch. The part played by Reiko in this episode was really very good. Yes, Sano pays a price, but a very well-balanced addition to the series. With 5 more left it will be very interesting to see where it goes. Thanks to Cloud Pavillion I'll be hanging on to read the rest!
Jun 30, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia, mystery
I'm never a fan of crime stories in which women are victims of perverse crimes, but I had a free copy of this book & decided to read it or donate it. So, I read it, although some of the crimes were really creepy. The scenes are written very clearly, and I feel as though I'd watched a movie rather than read a book. I liked the main characters and will have to read more from this series.
Jul 23, 2012 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great installment in this series. I really miss Reiko's involvement though... Ms. Rowland hasn't given her much attention in the past two novels. Maybe in the next...
I'll always be a big fan of this series! Great story-telling and historical fiction at its best. I think these are some of the only mysteries I read!
Jun 18, 2012 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love revisiting Sano and his family. However the political machinations are gettingva little old, especially since they aren't historically accurate. Ms Rowland obviously has an axe to grind against Japan. She uses these books to make the Japanese ruling class look stupid and petty. The books would be much better if she just stuck to the mystery story.
Mar 13, 2010 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a quick read once I started it. It is an exciting mystery that takes place in Japan, during the early 1700's. It was a fast paced mystery about daughters that were being raped and disgraced, including Sano Ichiro's cousin. I have read most of the books in this series and feel I know more about feudal Japan thanks to the author's careful research.
Steve Itaya
Jan 15, 2012 Steve Itaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best samurai murder mystery series, true to historical settings, customs, relationships, politics, and individuals' points of view. This plot draws the reader in so that the book is hard to put down at the end.
Jan 15, 2011 Bea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Political intrigue. One crime, three criminals. One mysterious powerful enemy. These are elements in this Sano tale. As Usual Laura Joh Rowland writes an exciting, twist-filled mystery set in shogun-era China. A good read.
I really like this series, but I felt that this one was a little flat until the end. Sano's old rival is up to his old tricks, but not in the manner he has been in the past. The inrigue I expected was not here, but I felt that a set up for the next book was there.
Margaret Sankey
Another in the stack of mystery paperback series--in mid-Tokugawa Japan, a samurai investigator attempts to work within the system to keep order--of course, the coroner is an Eta smartass with banned Dutch anatomy textbooks
E Goldberg
Nov 05, 2009 E Goldberg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: idiots
Soft porn in a wrapper with generous dolop of violence against women and perversion. Not literature and not even entertainment. How does crap like this get published? :P Probably a hit with the New York Times set.
Jan 18, 2010 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a detective named Sano Ichiro in Japan in the 1700's. I enjoyed it because it was so different in its background. This story is one of many about him and his family. It does seem a little like the NYPD are the police because the idiom is more American than Japanese.
Kathleen Esche
I enjoyed the book overall. I only gave it 3 stars because of the nature of the crimes. I don't enjoy reading about woman being "violated". But the unwinding of the story was very interesting. Reiko is a very good role model.
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Granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants, Laura Joh Rowland grew up in Michigan and where she graduated with a B.S. in microbiology and a Master of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She currently lives in New Orleans with her husband. She has worked as a chemist, microbiologist, sanitary inspector and quality engineer.
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