(From the publisher):
In September of 1693, a cottage belonging to the Black Lotus Temple, spiritual center for hundreds of Buddhist nuns, monks, priests, and orphans, is burned to the ground, leaving three dead. Veteran samurai-detective Sano Ichiro, the Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People is called on to investigate the incident. He quickly discovers that the victims did not die in the fire: they were brutally murdered before the fire even began.
With a triple homicide on his hands, Sano's search for a killer leads him to Haru, an orphan girl found at the scene of the crime. But Sano's wife, Reiko, investigating the case against Sano's wishes, is convinced of Haru's innocence. Reiko's investigation leads her behind the walls of the Black Lotus Temple, where she discovers a sect involved in extortion, prostitution, and hedonistic rituals. Could one of the sect's members be the killer? Will Reiko risk her marriage to Sano in order to prove Haru's innocence?
(from the publisher)
Original title: Black Lotus
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Historical
Fiction→ Historical→ Asia→ Japan