IJ Parker News...
Anyway, the series has suffered from a variety of troubles at the hands of publishers - I'm thinking they simply don't have a good handle on what to do with a 10th century Japanese detective. Now, however, Parker has begun taking matters into her own hands. Kindle (and other ebook readers) allow this modicum of freedom. Here is news from Parker in her own words:
"Four of the Akitada novels (RASHOMON GATE, THE HELL SCREEN, THE MASUDA AFFAIR, and THE FIRES OF THE GODS) are now available for Kindle at a modest $ 4.99 each.
Two new Akitada stories (“Fox Magic” and “The Water Sprite”) are available for all applications at 99 cents each.
I have also released a historical trilogy, THE HOLLOW REED, on Kindle. It is set in the Japan of the Heike Wars of the late twelfth century and traces how the turbulent events of that time affected three young people. These books are available on Amazon at very modest prices.
Lastly, another new Akitada story has gone off to ALFRED HITCHCOCK MYSTERY MAGAZINE. I hope to hear something shortly.
I've read just about every short story. They are absolute gems. I'm looking forward to digging into the new material.