New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2002.
xii, 336 p. ; ill. ; 24 cm.
"A mystery of ancient Japan"--cover.
The son of reduced nobility forced to toil in the Ministry of Justice, Akitada is relieved when an old friend, Professor Hirata, asks him to investigate a friend's blackmail. Taking a post at the Imperial University, he is soon sidetracked from his primary case by the murder of a young girl and the mysterious disappearance of an old man-a disappearance that the Emperor himself declares a miracle.