By I. J. Parker
She was once meant to be the emperor’s concubine, yet she died on the backside of a cliff close to Prince Atsuhira’s deepest villa. The palace coated up the scandal. Months later, Akitada is drawn into the case whilst his ally is accused of plotting opposed to the emperor. Atsuhira, his alleged co-conspirator, refuses to safeguard himself. The secret of the lady’s dying unravels slowly, bringing risk to Akitada, whose family is already threatened through an ill-fated dating among Genba and a prostitute which ends up in his arrest for the brothel keeper’s homicide.
Surrounded by way of a solid starting from outcasts and assassins to noblewomen serving within the internal flats of the imperial palace, Akitada not just delves into murky palace secrets and techniques, yet his efforts to resolve murders require him to ascertain the various roles performed via girls in his society.
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