Books by I.J. Parker

I.J. Parker won a Shamus Award for the short story “Akitada’s First Case,” which sparked her Sugawara Akitada series of mysteries.


THE FIRES OF THE GODS by I.J. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2011

"A brisk and well-plotted mystery with a cast of regulars who become more fully developed with every episode."
At a time of personal and professional turmoil, an 11th-century sleuth must also clear himself from suspicion of murder. Read full book review >
THE MASUDA AFFAIR by I.J. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Akitada's stately seventh case (The Convict's Sword, 2009, etc.) builds slowly, but the character development and plot foundations in the first half pay dividends in the closing chapters, especially for series fans."
A strange little boy leads a veteran detective on a remarkable odyssey. Read full book review >
THE CONVICT’S SWORD by I.J. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The elegance and deliberate pace of Akitada's sixth case (Island of Exiles, 2007, etc.) are appropriate to the hero's character and satisfying on their own. Abundant historical detail adds interest to the pro forma mystery."
An 11th-century Japanese sleuth solves two killings that strike uncomfortably close to home. Read full book review >
BLACK ARROW by I.J. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Akitada's fourth adventure, as beautifully written as his first three, keeps his wife Tamako in the background but adroitly develops his three sidekicks."
Akitada and his team (The Hell Screen, 2003, etc.) probe two mysteries in 11th-century Japan. Read full book review >
THE HELL SCREEN by I.J. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2003

"Plot and mysteries aplenty. Though his prose could still use less starch, Parker effectively captures this colorful ancient culture."
Eleventh-century Japanese sleuth Akitada (Rashomon Gate, 2002) faces family turmoil and multiple mysteries in a richly appointed historical yarn. Read full book review >
RASHOMON GATE by I.J. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 22, 2002

"The slow, measured prose suits Akitada but not the devilish Tora, and the whole production would benefit from less plot and more oomph."
Though 11th-century Japan has no professional sleuths, nobleman Sugawara Akitada has earned a reputation as the next best thing, a gifted amateur whose detective work offers a welcome change of pace from his humdrum routine as a government clerk. Read full book review >