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By Lucia St. Clair Robson

After the execution of her father, the younger and gorgeous woman Asano, who now calls herself Cat, is in grave threat: the robust Lord Kira's crusade opposed to her relatives is constant and he or she needs to locate Oishi, the chief of the scuffling with males of the Asano extended family. Cat believes he's 300 miles to the southwest within the imperial urban of Kyoto.Disguising her loveliness within the humble clothing of a touring priest, Cat starts her quest alongside the fabled Tokaido highway. All she has is her samurai education, her lethal, six-foot-long naginata, and her fast wits. and she or he will desire all of them, for a ronin has been employed to pursue her, a mysterious guy who will play a job in Cat's drama that neither may have ever imagined. . . . "Breathtaking . . . interesting . . . It reminds us that the japanese regard eroticism as an artwork, a ability as cultivated as flower arranging and pouring tea." -- Boston Sunday bring in

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Shichisaburo was straying closer to the mouth of the tiger’s den. ” The improbability of Cat’s escape finally occurred to him. ” Shichisaburo smiled wickedly and quoted the poet Basho. ’ “ He added tea to Cat’s cup. ” Shichisaburo whooped with glee and spewed tea all over the tatami. He mopped at it with a paper handkerchief. “Kira’s cousin! ” “Kira will perfume his underwear when he hears his cousin’s been grilled like a sweet potato. He’s terrified that Oishi will come after his head, you know.

With heart pounding she passed between the guards and walked to the openfronted building where the government’s officials sat. White bunting decorated with the three hollyhock leaves of the Tokugawa crest hung from the eaves of the porch. The magistrate hardly glanced at Cat when she stood before him. He sat crosslegged on a cushion on a tatami-covered dais and leaned on an elbow cushion. His assistant sat at a low writing table covered with sheafs of paper and ink pads and stamps. Behind him, on a lower level, the captain of the guard and three of his men sat back on their heels.

Her only reply was the comforting murmur of the river as it flowed past her on its way to the sea. The story of Lord Asano’s death soon leaked out and became the subject of gossip. The folk of Edo were outraged at the injustice. Tokugawa Tsunayoshi didn’t punish Kira for his part in the feud, but he did make him move out from behind the moat surrounding his palace and grounds. Lord Uesugi was Kira’s son. He had put his shrewd councilor, Chisaka, in charge of his father’s defense. Chisaka had sent extra warriors to guard Kira’s more vulnerable new mansion, and all of Edo speculated.

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