The Iris Fan

Jan 10, 2015

The Iris Fan

by Mark Schreiber

With “The Iris Fan,” Laura Joh Rowland draws to a close her long-running saga of righteous Edo Period lawman Sano Ichiro. From “Shinju” (1994), the saga has partially overlapped with the reign of fifth shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi — a superstitious eccentric who ruled Japan ...

Imagining Edo Period intrigue from the U.S.

Jan 4, 2014

Imagining Edo Period intrigue from the U.S.

by Mark Schreiber

At the climax of “Shinju”(1994), Laura Joh Rowland’s first mystery novel, gallant yoriki (police sergeant) Sano Ichiro rescues the shogun from an assassination plot and earns himself a big promotion. It’s a pyrrhic victory leading to what Sano immediately realizes will be a thankless ...