Judge Dee at Work: Eight Chinese Detective Stories - Robert van GulikLondon: Heinemann, 1967, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss to the spine ends and corners. Leans. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Front hinge weak. Pages gently tanned with scattered spotting to the blanks and endpapers.
Contains: Chronological tables ; Black & white drawings;
From the cover: “In this volume of short stories, which provides an excellent introduction to the intriguing master-detective of Ancient China, we see Judge Dee serving in four different provinces of the Tang Empire. His fame as an administrator and investigator spreads from the marshlands of Peng-lai, where he solves a brutal murder in an old watchtower inhabited by a deaf-and-dumb girl, to the icy wastes of Lan-fang, where he is involved in a case of treachery within the Chinese armies about to launch their counter-offensive against the Tartar Khan. The ‘Red Tape Murder’, in which a missing document proves to be the key to a military puzzle… the ‘Murder on the Lotus Pond’, in which the Judge obtains the vital clue from a courtesan of the Willow Quarter… here are stories to delight the many enthusiasts of Judge Dee. They will recognize the settings and some of the characters from previous novels, and will undoubtedly welcome the return of the Judge’s assistants, Chiao Tai, Ma Joong and Sergeant Hoong. As an invaluable guide to the Judge’s career, the author has included in this book a chronology linking all the novels and stories written thus far in both series of Judge Dee mysteries. The eight stories presented here illustrate a wide cross-section of Chinese society and reveal most vividly how the implacable severity of ancient Chinese justice was tempered with the wisdom and human understanding of Judge Dee At Work.”