Chinese Maze Murders

ISBN-10: 0226848787

ISBN-13: 9780226848785

Edition: N/A

Authors: Robert H. Van Gulik

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Judge Dee is lured into the heart of the Governor's garden maze to solve three interwoven mysteries: "The Case of the Murder in the Sealed Room," "The Case of the Hidden Testament," and "The Case of the Girl with the Severed Head." 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 popular detective novels that appeared in the seventeenth century.
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List price: $13.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/23/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.418
Language: English

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.

First Chapter A strange meeting takes place on a lotus lake
Judge Dee is attacked on his way to Lan-fang
Second Chapter Judge Dee opens the first session of the tribunal
He discovers in the archives an unsolved problem
Third Chapter The judge witnesses a quarrel on the market
A young man forecasts his father's murder
Fourth Chapter Tao Gan reports on a mysterious old mansion
An ingenious trap is set in the dark tribunal
Fifth Chapter Twenty ruffians attack in the dead of the night
Judge Dee sets out on a dangerous excursion
Sixth Chapter Four guildmasters are received in the main hall
Mrs. Yoo visits the tribunal with an old picture
Seventh Chapter Three roguish monks receive their just punishment
A Candidate of Literature reports a cruel murder
Eighth Chapter An old General is murdered in his own library
Judge Dee goes to visit the scene of the crime
Ninth Chapter Judge Dee ponders alone in a dead man's room
The autopsy brings to light the cause of death
Tenth Chapter Judge Dee pays a visit to an eccentric young man
He presides an artistic meeting in the tribunal
Eleventh Chapter Tao Gan has an adventure in an old temple
Ma Joong meets his math in a drinking bout
Twelfth Chapter Judge Dee discusses the secrets of two pictures
A young girl discovers passionate love letters
Thirteenth Chapter Yoo Kee entertains a distinguished guest to tea
Judge Dee decides to revisit the General's studio
Fourteenth Chapter A strange clue is found in a dead man's room
Judge Dee sends his men to arrest a criminal
Fifteenth Chapter Painter Woo reveals his secret in the tribunal
Judge Dee orders a search of the Eastern city
Sixteenth Chapter Ma Joong investigates the licensed quarter
He is made a partner in a nefarious scheme
Seventeenth Chapter Mrs. Yoo pays a second visit to the tribunal
A queer discovery is made in an old mansion
Eighteenth Chapter Judge Dee decides to consult an old hermit
Ma Joong catches his man in the Drum Tower
Nineteenth Chapter A recluse discourses on the purpose of life
Judge Dee learns the old Governor's secret
Twentieth Chapter A rebel chieftain confesses under torture
A mysterious stranger is at last identified
Twentyfirst Chapter Judge Dee closes the case of the murdered General
Chiao Tai relates the story of a military disaster
Twentysecond Chapter Judge Dee explains the murder of General Ding
He reveals the secret of the scroll picture
Twentythird Chapter The judge leads his men to the heart of the maze
A gruesome discovery is made in a secret pavilion
Twentyfourth Chapter A young girl goes tonbsp;visit a famous artist
A criminal is caught in an unexpected place
Twentyfifth Chapter Two depraved criminals suffer the extreme penalty
Judge Dee learns the secret of an abstruse couplet
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