The Chinese Gold Murders Paperback – Aug 1979
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About the Author
Robert Van Gulik was born in the Netherlands in 1910. He was educated at the Universities of Leyden and Utrecht, and served in the Dutch diplomatic service in China and Japan for many years. His interest in Asian languages and art led him to the discovery of Chinese detective novels and to the historical character of Judge Dee, famous in ancient Chinese annals as a scholar-magistrate. Van Gulik subsequently began writing the Judge Dee series of novels that have so captivated mystery readers ever since. He died of cancer in 1967.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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THREE MEN WERE SILENTLY SIPPING THEIR WINE ON THE top floor of the Pavilion of Joy and Sadness, overlooking the highway crossing outside the north gate of the imperial capital. Read the first page
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I have long been a fan of the Judge Dee mysteries, and the Chinese Gold Murders is particularly important to the series since it shows Judge Dee meeting the two "Green Woodsman" who become his retainers and accompany him to his other postings. The original Van Gulik books are also characterized by the original prints from woodblocks that the author created as illustrations.
I own this book in paperback but have been collecting all the Judge Dee books for my Kindle as they are published. The Kindle version of The Chinese Gold Murders presently being sold on Amazon is NOT the original version. I was surprised when I purchased it to see a Chinese publisher and introductory material in (what I must assume is) Chinese before the beginning of the story. At first I thought, perhaps a Chinese publishing company has brought out a new edition under some kind of licensing agreement with the publisher. However, I now doubt that is the case.
Judge Dee-Jen Dijeh (630-700 A.D.) was a Magistrate known for his wisdom & wit in China, & his stories were a part of the local folklore. Robert Van Gulik, who had a historian's interest in China in the early 1950s, was fascinated by the tales of this judge, & finally collected & fictionalized them into four volumes.
The wit, ingenuity, & genius of Judge Dee is well reflected. Remember the old tales of King Solomon the Just -- well, give them an Asian flavor, a touch of Old China -- & you get Judge Dee.
All of Judge Dee's books are most pleasurable - - worthy of 10 stars!