Chinese Nail Murders

ISBN-10: 0226848639
ISBN-13: 9780226848631
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Description: Judge Dee and his four helpers solve the murders of an honored merchant, a kindly boxing master, and a paper merchant's wife, whose corpse has no head. They succeed in spite of strong pressure on Judge Dee from higher-ups to bring his investigation,  More...

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Book details

List price: $9.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/1977
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Judge Dee and his four helpers solve the murders of an honored merchant, a kindly boxing master, and a paper merchant's wife, whose corpse has no head. They succeed in spite of strong pressure on Judge Dee from higher-ups to bring his investigation, which has temporarily generated unrest among the populace, rapidly to an end or face dismissal and serious punishment. The case of the headless corpse is based on a thirteenth-century Chinese casebook; the nail murder, one of the most famous motifs in Chinese crime literature, is first described in the same text. "So scrupulously in the classic Chinese manner yet so nicely equipped with everything to satisfy the modern reader."--New York Times 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.

Matthew J. Streb is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. He is the author or editor of several books including The New Electoral Politics of Race and Academic Freedom at the Dawn of a New Century: How Terrorism, Governments, And Culture Wars Impact Free Speech.Robert H. Van Gulik was born in Holland in 1910. He was a diplomat, an expert in esoteric Buddhism, and a scholar of Chinese history and culture. He mastered ancient Chinese musical instruments and calligraphy. He translated a number of Chinese texts, including Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee (Dee Goong An): An Authentic Eighteenth-Century Detective Novel and later used the character in his own stories. He died in 1967.

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