Judge Dee at Work: Eight Chinese Detective Stories [NOOK Book]

Overview

The eight short stories in Judge Dee at Work cover a decade during which the judge served in four different provinces of the T’ang Empire. From the suspected treason of a general in the Chinese army to the murder of a lonely poet in his garden pavilion, the cases here are among the most memorable in the Judge Dee series.
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Judge Dee at Work: Eight Chinese Detective Stories

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Overview

The eight short stories in Judge Dee at Work cover a decade during which the judge served in four different provinces of the T’ang Empire. From the suspected treason of a general in the Chinese army to the murder of a lonely poet in his garden pavilion, the cases here are among the most memorable in the Judge Dee series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226848983
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 266,298
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert van Gulik (1910–67) was a Dutch diplomat and an authority on Chinese history and culture. His many works include sixteen Judge Dee mysteries, a study of the gibbon in China, and two books on the Chinese lute.

 

 

 

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Table of Contents

1. Five Auspicious Clouds
2. The Red Tape Murder
3. He Came with the Rain
4. The Murder on the Lotus Pond
5. The Two Beggars
6. The Wrong Sword
7. The Coffins of the Emperor
8. Murder on New Year's Eve
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Judge Dee Chronology
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    A must for all Judge Dee Fans!

    Nice collection of short mysteries solved by Dudge Dee written by Robert H. Van Gulik.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2014

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    I first became aware of the Detective Dee or Judge Dee (Judge Di

    I first became aware of the Detective Dee or Judge Dee (Judge Di) stories when I saw the movie Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon. It was a movie in subtitles but I enjoyed the mystery and fantasy so I watched the next movie Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame. It reminded me a lot of the Sherlock Holmes stories in that Detective Dee used clues and deduction to solve the mystery, mixed with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon type stunts. However, Dee doesn't use science as his basis for discovery as Holmes did.


    I found this book at the library on audio cassette. The books were actually based on old works found by Robert van Gulik in the 1940s at a Chinese second-hand bookstore. The stories involved cases of a semi-fictional character based on the historical figure Di Renjie, magistrate and statesman of the Tang court which dated back to 7th century China. Van Gulik translated the works and then began writing his own stories. This book contains stories van Gulik wrote.


    It was a quick read (listen). It was kind of fun to try to guess the murderer. All the cases involved murder and Detective Dee always got the culprit. The only thing I was offended by, rather concerned about, was the frequent use of courtesans and prostitutes as characters. I'm not a scholar on ancient China, but I began to wonder if every woman was a courtesan or prostitute. Also, much of the time the crimes involved a scheming woman. So that wasn't pleasant to read. But the mysteries were simple and enjoyable despite this. It was not vulgar but did mention some nudity. It was just something I couldn't share with my 8-year-old who loves mysteries because she wanted to know what a courtesan was. I just told her it was a woman who learned many arts and poetry who was hired to entertain rich guys. That's basically right.


    I recommend this for mystery readers. Reviewed by Cherese Vines

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