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Judge Dee at Work: Eight Chinese Detective Stories / Edition 1
     

Judge Dee at Work: Eight Chinese Detective Stories / Edition 1

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by Robert van Gulik
 

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ISBN-10: 0226848663

ISBN-13: 9780226848662

Pub. Date: 04/15/2007

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

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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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226848662
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/15/2007
Series:
Judge Dee Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
535,367
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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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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Judge Dee at Work: Eight Chinese Detective Stories 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scholar to revive the old chinese popular mystery stories! They are an unique series that takes the judge from his first posting how he gets his assistances two ex bandits and a pro gambler and scam man how he meets his third wife and the last where he goes to serve the empress Muurder in Canton i have all the series in soft cover and am replacing them as they are reissued with ill. In the chinese style. This i treasure because in the back lists all the books and short stories in order of the judges career postings in different parts of the empire's large country plus a couple where he is on vacation or enroute or undercover. M.A.@ Sparta
AuthorMomCC More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice collection of short mysteries solved by Dudge Dee written by Robert H. Van Gulik.
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