The Chinese Gold Murders: A Judge Dee Detective Story

The Chinese Gold Murders: A Judge Dee Detective Story

by Robert van Gulik


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In this, the second book in Robert van Gulik's classic mystery series of ancient China, Judge Dee must look into the murder of his predecessor. His job is complicated by the simultaneous disappearance of his chief clerk and the new bride of a wealthy local shipowner.

Meanwhile, a tiger is terrorizing the district, the ghost of the murdered magistrate stalks the tribunal, a prostitute has a secret message for Dee, and the body of a murdered monk is discovered to be in the wrong grave. In the end, the judge, with his deft powers of deduction, uncovers the one cause for all of these seemingly unrelated events.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060728670
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/03/2004
Series: Judge Dee Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 476,297
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Robert Van Gulik was born in the Netherlands in 1910. He was educated at the Universities of Leyden and Utrecht, and served in the Dutch diplomatic service in China and Japan for many years. His interest in Asian languages and art led him to the discovery of Chinese detective novels and to the historical character of Judge Dee, famous in ancient Chinese annals as a scholar-magistrate. Van Gulik subsequently began writing the Judge Dee series of novels that have so captivated mystery readers ever since. He died of cancer in 1967.

Table of Contents

Map of Han-yuan
Introduction by Donald F. Lach
Dramatis Personae
The Chinese Lake Murders

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