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The Chinese Maze Murders (Judge Dee #2)

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Title:The Chinese Maze Murders (Judge Dee #2)
Author:
van Gulik, Robert Hans   
(7 of 28 for author by title)
The Chinese Maze Murders (Judge Dee #2)
The Chinese Lake Murders (Judge Dee #4)
Illustrator:
van Gulik, Robert Hans   
(7 of 28 for author by title)
The Chinese Maze Murders (Judge Dee #2)
The Chinese Lake Murders (Judge Dee #4)
Published:   1962
Publisher:Lythway Press Ltd
Tags:detective, fiction, mystery, China, Judge Dee (Fictional character)
Description:

Like its predecessors, The Chinese Maze Murders tells how three crimes were solved simultaneously by the famous magistrate-detective Judge Dee--justly described as 'the Sherlock Holmes of ancient China'.

The three cases occur in Lan-fang, a walled town in the western frontier of the Chinese empire. They concern the murder of a retired general in a sealed room; the mysterious disappearance of a beautiful girl; and the strange will left by a famous statesman. Ably assisted by his trusted advisor Sergeant Hoong, and his three other lieutenants, the bearded judge not only has to find his way through a veritable maze of human passions and secret plots, but also the forbidding maze in the swamp, infested by weird beasts and haunted by the ghost of its dead builder. -- back cover. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for van Gulik, Robert Hans

Robert Hans van Gulik (1910-1967) was a Dutch writer, linguist, diplomat, calligrapher, and gujin player. His father was a medical officer and travelled in the Dutch colonies which allowed him to Chinese and other languages. He received his PhD in Chinese studies from Utrecht university and joined the Dutch foreign service, serving principally in Japan and China. While in Tokyo in a secondhand bookstore, van Gulik came across a copy of the Dee Goong An (English title: Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee) by an anonymous 18th century Chinese author. “Goong an” or “gong an” refers to “magistrate cases,” that is crime fiction where the detective is a magistrate/judge. And the Judge Dee in question is Di Renjie (630-700 AD), a celebrated official of the later Tang era and chancellor to Wu Zetian, a rare female ruler of China. He translated the book into English and published it in 1949. The character, culture, and genre inspired him to continue Judge Dee’s adventures eventually writing nearly 20 books which are featured here on Faded Page.

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