The Cloud Pavilion
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: November 2009
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
Japan, 1701. A woman is brutally attacked within a bamboo prison as clouds swirl around her head. Meanwhile, at Edo Castle, samurai detective turned chamberlain Sano Ichiro is suspicious of his old rival, Yanagisawa, who has been oddly cooperative since returning from exile. But just as Yanagisawa’s true motives begin to emerge, Sano’s estranged uncle comes to him for help. His daughter has disappeared, and he begs Sano and his wife—who once suffered through the kidnapping of their own son—to find her before it is too late.
“While the crimes (and punishments) described here are vicious and the vision of life in Edo outside the shogun’s gates is grim, the relationship between Sano and his mystery-loving wife, Reiko, is cozily akin to that of Nick and Nora Charles--minus the cocktails and repartee.”--Washington Post