By Dale Furutani

Matsuyama Kaze is a "ronin," a jap knight errant. Kaze needs to commute throughout Japan till he fulfills a promise made to his loss of life Lord and girl -- to discover their nine-year-old daughter. As this masterless samurai searches the nation-state, he's stuck up in a sequence of mysteries that try out his power and abilities in addition to his Confucian training.

Kaze stumbles upon a corpse shot with an arrow on the crossroads resulting in a small city. He turns into embroiled with an not likely -- and untrustworthy -- forged of characters, who're as colourful as they're artful. every one has secrets and techniques to maintain and axes to grind, and it'll take all of Kaze's subtlety, stealth, and Samurai abilities to resolve the secret and unmask the killer.

Richly atmospheric, jam-packed with traditionally exact aspect, Death on the Crossroads inspires the realm of long-ago Japan and the usually lonely lifetime of an honor-bound warrior. it is a spellbinding, deeply pleasing secret that would depart readers hungry for the following bankruptcy in Matsuyama Kaze's trip of adventure.

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Like several agrarian humans, the peasants of Suzaka have been keenly in song with the rhythms of lifestyles. The emerging and the environment of the solar marked their workdays. while wintry weather got here and the excessive snows drifted into the mountains, they loved their meager allotment of sunshine as they sat of their darkened homes, bundled opposed to the chilly and getting ready fabric for the arrival spring. In iciness they'd make instruments or hand-carve bowls or plait grass rope, all precious implements for the day-by-day chores of existence. Suzaka, being a mountain village, continually had a slightly meager rice crop, and the folks have been seriously depending on dry vegetation like millet, in addition to the collection of ferns, bracken, and wild mushrooms from the encompassing woodland. This made Suzaka a truly bad village, simply because in Japan rice used to be cash. The wealth of a lord was once measured via how a lot tax in rice was once due him from the peasants of the district. whilst prone weren't exchanged or bartered, parts of rice have been frequently given than cash. merely retailers, samurai, and the wealthy dealt in copper, silver, and gold, and to the typical peasant, richness used to be equated with baskets of rice grains that may be planted or eaten. all year long an incredible variety of small gala's and observances have been venerated within the village. whilst occasions have been sturdy, those observances turned events, usually degenerating into wild bouts of ingesting, with amorous sneaking into the wooded area for a romantic tryst. as with any farmers, the events have been filled with earthy humor, with bawdy songs and dances that frequently imitated either rutting animals and folks. whilst instances have been undesirable and nutrients was once brief, the non secular observances have been nonetheless held, yet they have been somber, no longer wild events. within the Land of the Gods, every one home’s fire, good, and kitchen had its personal selection of protecting deities, and whilst challenging instances and famine have been felt, each God used to be implored to make the following cycle of lifestyles much less harsh and not more hungry. Aoi’s husband used to be outdated and taciturn and had misplaced actual curiosity in her after the newness of her younger physique had worn off. in the course of the moment Higan occasion of Aoi’s marriage, she slipped off from the revelries with a tender guy of eighteen, who already had a spouse and a toddler. He and Aoi coupled for a couple of minutes in a quiet meadow within the woods. To Aoi’s shock, even though her companion used to be extra interesting bodily than her outdated husband, she didn’t locate the act itself extra interesting. To Aoi’s actual excitement, notwithstanding, the guy gave her a approximately carved comb as a gift while the act used to be performed. the chance that mendacity with a guy may bring about tangible items used to be no longer whatever she had really labored out, and that crudely carved comb was once the genesis for a occupation as a part-time village prostitute. She was once seventeen whilst her husband figured out how Aoi used to be getting an entire selection of combs, outfits, and additional spending cash that he eventually spotted, yet to Aoi’s shock the previous guy didn’t appear to care. All he acknowledged was once “Shikata ga nai. It can’t be helped.

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