Judge Bao, Volume 1: Judge Bao and the Jade Phoenix

Judge Bao, Volume 1: Judge Bao and the Jade Phoenix

by Patrick Marty, Chongrui Nie
     
 

In China under the Northern Song Dynasty, the Empire saw tremendous growth and prosperity. But with great riches come great temptations, and the Emperor must constantly fight against the corruption of renegade military officers, abusive governors, corrupt businessmen, and regular bandits and thieves. To fight against this scourge, Emperor Ren Zong gave broad

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In China under the Northern Song Dynasty, the Empire saw tremendous growth and prosperity. But with great riches come great temptations, and the Emperor must constantly fight against the corruption of renegade military officers, abusive governors, corrupt businessmen, and regular bandits and thieves. To fight against this scourge, Emperor Ren Zong gave broad magistrate powers to a judge whose reputation would extend well beyond the borders of the Empire: Judge Bao (999-1062 CE).

Mandated by the highest court of the Empire, Judge Bao becomes a symbol of justice for the people of the land. His aversion to corruption and dedication to justice make him a popular hero, but with many enemies. Accompanied by his bodyguard Zhan Zhao, his page Bao Xing, and his assistant and coroner Gongsun, he travels the length and breadth of the Middle Kingdom, crusading against corruption and all forms of injustice.

In this first volume, Bao finds himself in a small village where a mother mourns her son, languishing in prison, caught in a complicated love triangle and accused of a murder he says he did not commit. Will Judge Bao find the real murderer?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936393435
Publisher:
Archaia
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Edition description:
Mature Readers (ages 16 and up)
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Meet the Author

Patrick Marty was born in 1963 in Bergerac, France. He studied at the University of Bordeaux where he divided his time between technical studies in the Fine Arts and teaching writing at the Faculty of Arts and Art History. But his love of cinema, his growing interest in audiovisual media and his meetings with young filmmakers from the region prompted him to leave graphic design for film. He has worked as a writer, director, and producer of short films; as an assistant director; and then as a director for French television. His exposure to China and its culture as well as his love of graphic novels gave rise in 2009 to Judge Bao. He is also involved in other publishing projects, such as La Balade de Yaga as artistic director, andL’Ombre de Shanghai as a co-writer.

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