“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
“The girl gave him a look which ought to have stuck at least four inches out of his back.”
-Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man
“We didn't exactly believe your story, Miss O'Shaughnessy, we believed your 200 dollars. I mean, you paid us more than if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it alright.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
“I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats… and the rest I wasted.”
-Elmore Leonard, LaBrava
“There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer.”
-Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire
“The dead have never bothered me. It's the living that I fear.”
-Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“The hard thing about death is that nothing ever changes. The hard thing about life is that nothing stays the same.”
-Sue Grafton, J is for Judgment
“There is nothing you can do about the past except keep it there.”
-Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict
“There is no client as scary as an innocent man.”
-Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer
“Woe to he who checkmates his opponents at last, only to discover they have been playing cribbage.”
-Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection
“The joke was thinking you were ever really in charge of your life. You pressed your oar down into the water to direct the canoe, but it was the current that shot you through the rapids."
-Scott Turow, Innocent
“They found out about him in July and stayed angry all through August. They tried to kill him in September."
-Lee Child, Without Fail
“Put all your eggs in one basket... the handle's going to break. Then all you've got is scrambled eggs.”
-J.D. Robb, Remember When
“It doesn't have to make sense; it just has to sound like it does.”
-Elmore Leonard, Freaky Deaky
“He was too old to be working, too young to be dead, and too broke to do anything else.”
-Chris Culver, Just Run
“Love, when you get fear in it, it's not love any more. It's hate.”
-James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
“Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.”
-Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White
“It takes far less courage to cling to the past than it does to face the future.”
-Sandra Brown, Envy
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
-Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
“If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.”
-Agatha Christie
“I have great faith in fools … my friends call it self-confidence.”
-Edgar Allan Poe

Ichiro Sano Series

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Shinju
Laura Joh Rowland

When beautiful, wealthy Yukiko and low-born artist Noriyoshi are found drowned together in a...

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Bundori
Laura Joh Rowland

The sequel to the acclaimed novel Shinju again features detective Sano Ichiro as he trails a...

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The Way of the Traitor
Laura Joh Rowland

A volatile, corrupt city threatened by toreign invasion and run by an iron-fisted government,...

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The Concubine's Tattoo
Laura Joh Rowland

Twenty months spent as the shogun's sosakan-sama--most honorable investigator of events,...

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The Samurai's Wife
Laura Joh Rowland

Far from the Shogun's court at Edo, Most Honorable Investigator Sano Ichiro begins the most...

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Black Lotus
Laura Joh Rowland

In September of 1693, the Black Lotus Temple, spiritual center for hundreds of Buddhist nuns,...

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The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria
Laura Joh Rowland

In feudal Japan, passion and secrets lead to murder... From a remote, exotic world... Sano...

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The Dragon King's Palace
Laura Joh Rowland

On a whim of the shogun’s mother, a procession has left the sweltering heat of Edo, bound for...

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The Perfumed Sleeve
Laura Joh Rowland

Sano Ichiro, Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People is faced with his...

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The Assassin's Touch
Laura Joh Rowland

May 1695. During a horse race at Edo Castle the chief of the shogun’s intelligence service,...

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Red Chrysanthemum
Laura Joh Rowland

Tokyo, 1698: Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective who has risen to become the shogun's second...

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The Snow Empress
Laura Joh Rowland

Japan, 1699: On a moonlit night on the northern frontier island of Ezogashima, a woman is...

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The Fire Kimono
Laura Joh Rowland

Japan, March 1700. The strife between Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective who has risen to...

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The Cloud Pavilion
Laura Joh Rowland

Japan, 1701. A terrified woman is brutally attacked amid a swirling storm of clouds. Meanwhile...

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The Ronin's Mistress
Laura Joh Rowland

Japan, 1703. On a snowy night, 47 warriors murder the man at the center of the scandal that...

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