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First published in Penguin Books 2009
Copyright © I. J. Parker, 2009
eISBN : 978-1-101-05094-1
1. Sugawara Akitada (Fictitious character)—Fiction. 2. Murder—Investigation—
Fiction. 3. Exiles—Fiction. 4. Smallpox—Fiction. 5. Japan—History—Heian
period, 794-1185—Fiction. I. Title.
PS3616.A745C66 2009
813’.6—dc22 2008043475
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
I am indebted to a number of friends and fellow writers who were kind enough to read and make comments on this novel, among them especially John Rosenman and Jacqueline Falkenhan.
To my great delight, I also worked with a new editor, Rebecca Hunt—an association that was not only a pleasure but helped make this the best of my novels so far.
My debt to my agents, Jean Naggar, Jennifer Weltz, and Jessica Regel, increases with every book and every contract. They are simply the best in the world.
CHARACTERS
Japanese family names precede given names.
MAIN CHARACTERS
CHARACTERS CONNECTED WITH THE CASES
OTHERS
ALSO: Assorted noblemen, thugs, merchants, soothsayers, beggars, peasants, servants, and children.
PRONUNCIATION OF JAPANESE WORDS
Unlike English, Japanese is pronounced phonetically. Therefore vowel sounds are approximately as follows:
“a” as in “father”
“e” as in “let”
“i” as in “kin”
“o” as in “more”
“u” as in “would”
Double consonants (“ai” or “ei”) are pronounced separately, and
or
are doubled or lengthened. As for the consonants:
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