Phantom of the Temple

ISBN-10: 0226848779
ISBN-13: 9780226848778
Edition: 1995
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Description: Imperial China, T'ang dynasty, seventh century A.D.—home of imperial magistrate and detective Judge Dee. A near mythic figure, Judge Dee distinguished himself as tribunal magistrate, inquisitor, and public avenger. Long after his death, accounts of  More...

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List price: $13.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 214
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Imperial China, T'ang dynasty, seventh century A.D.—home of imperial magistrate and detective Judge Dee. A near mythic figure, Judge Dee distinguished himself as tribunal magistrate, inquisitor, and public avenger. Long after his death, accounts of his exploits were celebrated in Chinese folklore.InThe Phantom of the Temple,three separate puzzles—the disappearance of a wealthy merchant's daughter, twenty missing bars of gold, and a decapitated corpse—are pieced together by the clever judge to solve three murders and one complex, gruesome plot."This is one of the best, a spooky, even grisly, tale of a double murder and decapitation, a missing girl named Jade, and stolen gold hidden in a deserted temple supposedly haunted by a phantom woman."—Publishers Weekly"If you have not yet discovered Judge Dee and his faithful Sgt. Hoong, I envy you that initial pleasure which comes from the discovery of a great detective story. For the magistrate of Poo-yang belongs in that select group of fictional detectives headed by the renowned Sherlock Holmes."—Robert Kirsch,Los Angeles TimesRobert 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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Judge Dee shows a birthday present Ma Joong meets an old girl friend
The consort of a god
The birthday dinner Ma Joong makes a delivery
The Third Lady receives
A meeting late at night Judge Dee discusses seven cards
Prefect Woo and the Abbess before Judge Dee

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