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Murder in Canton : A Judge Dee Mystery - Robert Van Gulik

Murder in Canton

A Judge Dee Mystery

Paperback Published: 1st August 2004
ISBN: 9780226848747
Number Of Pages: 216

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Brought back into print in the 1990s to wide acclaim, re-designed new editions of Robert van Gulik's Judge Dee Mysteries are now available.
Written by a Dutch diplomat and scholar during the 1950s and 1960s, these lively and historically accurate mysteries have entertained a devoted following for decades. Set during the T'ang dynasty, they feature Judge Dee, a brilliant and cultured Confucian magistrate disdainful of personal luxury and corruption, who cleverly selects allies to help him navigate the royal courts, politics, and ethnic tensions in imperial China. Robert van Gulik modeled Judge Dee on a magistrate of that name who lived in the seventh century, and he drew on stories and literary conventions of Chinese mystery writing dating back to the Sung dynasty to construct his ingenious plots.
"Murder in Canton" takes place in the year 680, as Judge Dee, recently promoted to lord chief justice, is sent incognito to Canton to investigate the disappearance of a court censor. With the help of his trusted lieutenants Chiao Tai and Tao Gan, and that of a clever blind girl who collects crickets, Dee solves a complex puzzle of political intrigue and murder through the three separate subplots "the vanished censor," "the Smaragdine dancer," and "the Golden Bell."
An expert on the art and erotica as well as the literature, religion, and politics of China, van Gulik also provides charming illustrations to accompany his engaging and entertaining mysteries.

Chiao Tai loses a companion Tao Gan meets the Golden Bell Prefect Pao presents Yau and Liang to Judge Dee Mansur entertains his guests A meeting at the temple fairChiao Tai visits the Smaragdine dancer Tao Gan and Judge Dee Chiao Tai converses with Captain Nee Tao Gan disturbs a reading lady Dananir welcomes unexpected guests Judge Dee discusses a chess problem A warrior's death
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ISBN: 9780226848747
ISBN-10: 0226848744
Series: Judge Dee Mystery
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.78 x 12.07  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Type: New edition

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