Murder in Canton: A Judge Dee Mystery [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Murder in Canton: A Judge Dee Mystery

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Overview

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.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Seventh-century China's Judge Dee is sent to Canton to investigate the disappearance of a court censor; in the plague-ridden Imperial capital, he solves two seemingly unconnected murders that involve the city's most aristocratic families. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226849058
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2010
  • Series: NONE Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 410,833
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Van Gulik (1910-67) was a Dutch diplomat and an authority on Chinese history and culture. He drew his plots from the whole body of Chinese literature, especially from the popular detective novels that first appeared in the seventeenth century.
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Table of Contents

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 fair
Chiao 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2014

    Wonderful mystery series set in ancient china

    This however is the last in the series that followed the judge to his very first postng and as the years pass how he meets and then marries his third wife how he find s his three aides . This is set in the port of canton his next post will be with the empress herself the very first were written in chinese abd in the style but adjust to the more classic english as they continue there are usually three mysteries in one though one is of the most inportance and othervtwo may help to solve the first. Each is set in a different part of china for a full flavor of this deverse countrys regions in canton you have three sets of foreign arabs persians and boat untouchables plus cricket sellers

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