George V. Reilly

Review: Black Arrow

Black Arrow
Title: Black Arrow
Author: I.J. Parker
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 368
Keywords: mystery, historical
Reading period: 9–16 August, 2008

Sugawara Akitada has been appointed as the governor of a remote northern province in feudal Japan. Aided only by a handful of retainers, he is beset by his own doubts and hostile locals. Winter is closing in and he must exert his fragile authority to rein in a mutinous baron, while also in­ves­ti­gat­ing some mysterious deaths and righting old wrongs.

Parker evokes the spare, stark beauty of Japan, in a well-written historical mystery.

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