THE CHINESE GOLD MURDERS by Robert van Gulik

THE CHINESE GOLD MURDERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Judge Dee, a magistrate and Chinese detective, was introduced to the American public in 1959 in The Chinese Bell Murders, heralded as a literary oddity and an extraordinarily successful recapturing of the ancient Chinese mores. The Judge was an historical person, a statesman of the T'ang dynasty, who lived from A.D. 630 till 700. van Gulik, a diplomat and an authority on Chinese sources, has closely adhered to the techniques of Chinese detective stories, weaving three cases into his pattern, and producing at one and the same time an extraordinarily modern adventure story, redolent of the mood and character of its ancient Chinese setting, where a brothel on a boat, a were -- tiger, a haunted temple could all be accepted as authentic.

Publisher: Harper