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The Chinese Lake Murders (Judge Dee #4)

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Title:The Chinese Lake Murders (Judge Dee #4)
van Gulik, Robert Hans   
(5 of 32 for author by title)
The Chinese Lake Murders (Judge Dee #4)
The Chinese Gold Murders (Judge Dee #5)
van Gulik, Robert Hans   
(5 of 32 for author by title)
The Chinese Lake Murders (Judge Dee #4)
The Chinese Gold Murders (Judge Dee #5)
Published:   1960
Publisher:The University of Chicago Press
Tags:detective, fiction, mystery, China, Judge Dee (Fictional character)

In the year 666, Judge Dee, the newly appointed magistrate of the fictional town of Han-yuan, must solve three murders. Han-yuan is an isolated town famous for its floating brothels or "flower boats". The murders seem to be related but just how they are connected is a mystery. The whole investigation turns into a maze of political intrigue, sordid greed, and dark passions. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:209 Info

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 (Indonesia) which allowed his son Robert to study Chinese and other languages. Robert 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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