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The Chinese Nail MurdersAD In the fifth installment of Robert Van Gulik's ancient Chinese mystery series based on historical court records detective Judge Dee is appointed to the magistrate of Pei chow a distant frontier. A Serendipitous DiscoveryJune 29 2011 I move to New York CityEarly July I hear about a new Tsui Hark film Detective Dee and try to attend a screening only to find out that it's part of a film festival that has long since sold out Still my curiosity is piued about a martial artist investigatorDays later I peruse a table of second hand books near my apartment and pick out a book called The Chinese Gold Murders The description on the back intrigues me and I think Hell one dollar Why notOne day later my friend DDavis and I find out through Goodreads that we both picked this up around the same time We talk it over and I find out that the Hark film is based on this characterLate August one of my colleagues at my school has a set of The Chinese Gold Murders at his desk Turns out he intended to assign it as summer reading at the end of the previous year and that he is a big fan of the seriesThanksgiving week I am in Michigan over break where I discover a used bookstore called Classic Books It fucking rules There are loads of tough to find books just spilling from the shelves and what's this over half of the Judge Dee books right there in all of their paperback glory I swoonNow that You're in My LifeIt took me a few months to get to Judge Dee and once I did I was a very happy readerThese are such singular books at least they are in my reading experience Van Gulik combines his encyclopedic knowledge of Chinese life in the later uarter of the first millennium with a excellent sense of strong mystery plotting Bodies pile up on Judge Dee's docket with a speed that strains against the slim size of this volume and each new mystery introduces a bevy of characters each of whom brings an individual vitality to the story through brief well written expositionPut simply this is great story telling in a uniue settingLast WordThis volume is set late in Judge Dee's career As a magistrate the Judge has a wide range of powers and privileges and van Gulik examines how the Judge handles these responsibilities and how they have affected his character Diminutive as this book may be it contains surprising depths

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F a girl in love and the fiendish murder involving the nude headless body of a woman And even curious the crimes seem to be linked together by clues from a popular game of the period the Seven Boa. Judge Dee Jen djieh is the hero of The Chinese Nail Murders He’s a magistrate in the fictitious town of Pei chow in the far north of China Judge Dee must solve two gruesome murders and a sinister disappearance or risk his own headA MANDARIN POIROTFor a detective story first published in 1950 The Chinese Nail Murders is a suprisingly fast paced read The plot lines entangle nicely as well with plenty of misdirection to send the reader down the wrong rabbit holeJudge Dee is also uite a character He has four wives nothing odd for the time What’s strange about Judge Dee is that he loves his wives But he can be pompous too Judge Dee reminds me of Hercule Poirot that pigeon toed Belgian detective with the waxed moustache created by Agatha Christie Like Poirot Judge Dee is miraculously adept at solving all his cases single handedly And to insist on explaining it all in a long set piece of grandstandingDUTCH ROOTSThe real Judge Dee Ti Jen chieh lived from AD 630 700 He was a Tang Dynasty magistrate detective His life story became fodder for storytellers in the Song Dynasty These performers would wander from village to marketplace where eager audiences awaited them That oral tradition eventually lay the foundations for the Chinese detective novel and its hero the local magistrateRobert van Gulik was not a professional writer His day job was as a diplomat for the Kingdom of the Netherlands Van Gulik was fluent in Chinese Japanese and various ancient Asian languages He accordingly spent most of his working life in the Far East His first posting was to Tokyo until the war necessitated his evacuation in 1942 From Japan Van Gulik went to Chonging then the wartime capital of China where he remained until 1945The Judge Dee novels were extremely popular in Van Gulik’s native country My husband devoured all 17 novels as a boy growing up in Eindhoven Van Gulik published his novels from 1947 to 1967 offering to many readers their first glimpse into a country hermetically sealed by the CommunistsCONFUCIUSIn the introduction to my stained 1977 copy Donald Lach describes the Confucian world of a Tang dynasty judgean unshakeable faith in the superiority of everything Chinese and a disdain for all foreigners a steadfast belief in all aspects of filial piety a matter of fact attitude toward torture and an unrelenting hostility to Buddhism and TaoismJudge Dee is very much a product of this world view For example he has a particularly low opinion of Tartars aka Mongols Here Judge Dee interrogates a witness as to the character of the suspect Mrs LooHer father was a decent merchant but her mother was of Tartar descent and dabbled in black magic Her daughter had the same weird interests she was always preparing strange potions in the kitchen and sometimes would fall into a trance and then say gruesome thingsThe presence of Tartars in this Chinese town is no coincidence Barbarians are forever threatening the borders of China though where those borders lie may be a matter of contention Here Judge Dee’s faithful servants complain about how difficult it is to heat these northern houses‘Don’t forget Sergeant’ the judge said ‘that till three years ago this tribunal was the headuarters of the Generalissimo of our Northern Army The military always seem to n

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The Chinese Nail Murders Read & Download ↠ 4 ´ ❮Epub❯ ➚ The Chinese Nail Murders Author Robert van Gulik – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk AD 676In the fifth installment of Robert Van Gulik's ancient Chinese mystery series based on historical court records detective Judge Dee is appointed to the magistrate of Pei chowDistrict in the barren north of the ancient Chinese The Chinese PDF or Empire It is here that he is faced with three strange and disturbing crimes the theft of precious jewels the disappearance o. Robert van Gulik's Judge novels so reward the reader that it's nearly impossible to pick a favorite; however I think that The Chinese Nail Murders may be my favorite so far In The Chinese Nail Murders Judge Dee presides at the last magisterial post of his career before being promoted to the capital That post Pei chow is a bitterly frigid bastion on the untamed northern frontier of the Chinese Empire In the novel’s first chapter Judge Dee hears the complaint from two brothers that their sister has been beheaded and murdered by her husband a curios merchant Not to spoil the plot let’s just say the case isn’t nearly as simple as that All Judge Dee mysteries are supposed to consist of three cases but this one actually includes four two unrelated murders — that of a cotton merchant and a boxer — and the case of a missing fiancée with some blackmail thrown in for good measure although the crimes are intertwined Near the end of the novel Judge Dee’s own life becomes endangered and yet another previously unknown crime comes to light With so many subplots crissing and crossing The Chinese Nail Murders gets uite suspenseful — especially the last 50 pagesThe ancient Chinese game of Seven Board plays a recurring role in the novel In one of the cases it even provides the solution to one of the murdersIn a rare move by author Robert van Gulik he casts The Chinese Nail Murders the sixth book in the Judge Dee mystery series as a story told about Judge Dee’s exploits during the 7th century T’ang Dynasty to one brother by another the latter the magistrate of the same district as Dee centuries later during the Ming Dynasty That element with some supernatural overtones doesn’t add anything to the main storyline The Chinese Nail Murders proves to be yet another delightful Judge Dee mystery For those saddened at the thought that this novel marks the van Gulik’s final Judge Dee novel fear not Judge Dee novels aren’t in chronological order so you needn’t despair that his novel — despite being set at the end of Judge Dee’s career — will be the last Fear not There are plenty novels that follow