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The Chinese Maze Murders : A Judge Dee Mystery - Robert Van Gulik

The Chinese Maze Murders

A Judge Dee Mystery

Paperback Published: 1st January 1997
ISBN: 9780226848785
Number Of Pages: 322

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Judge Dee presided over his Imperial Chinese court with a unique brand of Confucian justice. A near-mythic figure in China, he distinguished himself as a tribunal magistrate, inquisitor, and public avenger. Long after his death, accounts of his exploits were celebrated in Chinese folklore and later immortalized by Robert van Gulik in his electrifying mysteries. These lively and historically accurate tales, written by a Dutch diplomat and scholar during the 1950s and '60s and brought back into print to critical acclaim in the 1990s, have entertained a devoted following around the world. Van Gulik's Judge Dee stories often based on actual cases and illustrated with the author's charming line drawings, offer vivid insight into life in traditional China. Poisoned plums, a cryptic scroll picture, passionate love letters, and a hidden murderer with a penchant for torturing and killing women lead Judge Dee to the heart of the Governor's garden maze and the answers to three interwoven mysteries. "The Chinese Maze Murders" represents Robert van Gulik's first venture into writing suspense novels after the success of Dee Gong An, his translation of an anonymous Chinese detective novel from the sixteenth century.

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"Judge Dee belongs in that select group of fictional detectives headed by the renowned Sherlock Holmes. I assure you it is a compliment not given frivolously." - Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times"

First Chapter A strange meeting takes place on a lotus lake
Judge Dee is attacked on his way to Lan-fang
Second Chapter Judge Dee opens the first session of the tribunal
He discovers in the archives an unsolved problem
Third Chapter The judge witnesses a quarrel on the market
A young man forecasts his father's murder
Fourth Chapter Tao Gan reports on a mysterious old mansion
An ingenious trap is set in the dark tribunal
Fifth Chapter Twenty ruffians attack in the dead of the night
Judge Dee sets out on a dangerous excursion
Sixth Chapter Four guildmasters are received in the main hall
Mrs. Yoo visits the tribunal with an old picture
Seventh Chapter Three roguish monks receive their just punishment
A Candidate of Literature reports a cruel murder
Eighth Chapter An old General is murdered in his own library
Judge Dee goes to visit the scene of the crime
Ninth Chapter Judge Dee ponders alone in a dead man's room
The autopsy brings to light the cause of death
Tenth Chapter Judge Dee pays a visit to an eccentric young man
He presides an artistic meeting in the tribunal
Eleventh Chapter Tao Gan has an adventure in an old temple
Ma Joong meets his math in a drinking bout
Twelfth Chapter Judge Dee discusses the secrets of two pictures
A young girl discovers passionate love letters
Thirteenth Chapter Yoo Kee entertains a distinguished guest to tea
Judge Dee decides to revisit the General's studio
Fourteenth Chapter A strange clue is found in a dead man's room
Judge Dee sends his men to arrest a criminal
Fifteenth Chapter Painter Woo reveals his secret in the tribunal
Judge Dee orders a search of the Eastern city
Sixteenth Chapter Ma Joong investigates the licensed quarter
He is made a partner in a nefarious scheme
Seventeenth Chapter Mrs. Yoo pays a second visit to the tribunal
A queer discovery is made in an old mansion
Eighteenth Chapter Judge Dee decides to consult an old hermit
Ma Joong catches his man in the Drum Tower
Nineteenth Chapter A recluse discourses on the purpose of life
Judge Dee learns the old Governor's secret
Twentieth Chapter A rebel chieftain confesses under torture
A mysterious stranger is at last identified
Twentyfirst Chapter Judge Dee closes the case of the murdered General
Chiao Tai relates the story of a military disaster
Twentysecond Chapter Judge Dee explains the murder of General Ding
He reveals the secret of the scroll picture
Twentythird Chapter The judge leads his men to the heart of the maze
A gruesome discovery is made in a secret pavilion
Twentyfourth Chapter A young girl goes tonbsp;visit a famous artist
A criminal is caught in an unexpected place
Twentyfifth Chapter Two depraved criminals suffer the extreme penalty
Judge Dee learns the secret of an abstruse couplet
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ISBN: 9780226848785
ISBN-10: 0226848787
Series: Judge Dee Mystery
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 1st January 1997
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 13.3 x 20.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Type: New edition

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