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The Masuda Affair by I.J. Parker
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Oct 16, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2010

"Government official Sugawara Akitada is on his way home when he finds a mute boy on a deserted road. The search for the boy's parents uncovers a harrowing sotry of love, murder and agandonment, distracting Akitada from his personal troubles, but putting his career and reputation at risk. Akitada's faithful servant Tora has troubles of his own: he fears he has lost his new bride to a powerful man who pursues beautiful women and will stop at nothing to possess them." The Masuda Affiar picks up after the smallpox epidemic in the previous book (The Convict's Sword). Life was not easy in the cities of 11th century Japan with epidemics and earthquakes, followed by periods of lawlessness. I enjoy this series. I like the character and the time period. Recommend this historical mystery set in Japan.

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