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Akitada's First Case by I.J. Parker
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Nov 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 48, ebook, mysteries, short-stories
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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 false starts. I have enjoyed this series by I.J. Parker, but since this shorth story was originally published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine back in 2000, I hadn't been able to read it. I was glad to find it available as an ebook. I highly recommend the entire series, and this story is agreat awy to start in order to see how the noble, but impoverished, Sugawara Akitada becomes addicted to solving crimes.
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