Publication: Random House, 1994, New York
First edition. Author's first book. Signed. Fine in dust jacket. It is January 1689 in Edo, the city that would become Tokyo. Police officer Sano Ichiro investigates the apparent double suicide (shinju) of a pair of star-crossed lovers. Sano suspects that the deaths weren't simply a tragedy, but rather a double murder. Despite warnings from his superiors to drop the investigation, Sano risks his family's good name, as well as his own life, to find the answer to a mystery that no one wants solved.
Inventory Number: 21368