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By I. J. Parker

From the writer of The Dragon Scroll comes an creative new novel of homicide and malfeasance in historical Japan, that includes the detective Sugawara Akitada. The son of diminished the Aristocracy compelled to toil within the Ministry of Justice, Akitada is relieved whilst an outdated good friend, Professor Hirata, asks him to enquire a friend’s blackmail. Taking a submit on the Imperial college, he's quickly sidetracked from his basic case by means of the homicide of a tender woman and the mysterious disappearance of an previous man—a disappearance that the Emperor himself announces a miracle. Rashomon Gate is a secret of outstanding complexity and old aspect that would depart readers longing for extra.

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