Judge Dee at Work

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Judge Dee at Work
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First edition
Author Robert van Gulik
Series Judge Dee
Genre Gong'an fiction, Mystery, Detective novel, Crime
Publisher Heinemann
Publication date
1967
Media type Print
Pages 174
Preceded by The Phantom of the Temple
Followed by Necklace and Calabash

Judge Dee at Work is a collection of gong'an detective short stories written by Robert van Gulik and set in Imperial China (roughly speaking the Tang Dynasty). It is a fiction based on the real character of Judge Dee (Ti Jen-chieh or Di Renjie), a magistrate and statesman of the Tang court, who lived roughly 630–700.

The book features eight illustrations by the author.

The book also has a postscript where the author places all the novels and stories into a coherent timeline for his semi-fictional character.

Overview[edit]

Judge Dee, a magistrate in Imperial China is a crime solver, a detective. In these stories Judge Dee solves a series of un-related crimes from different times in his career. There is no over-all narrative to these stories.

List of Stories[edit]

  • Five Auspicious Clouds - set in the year 663 when Judge Dee was a magistrate of Peng-lai.
  • The Red Tape Murder - set in the year 663 when Judge Dee was a magistrate of Peng-lai.
  • He Came with the Rain - set in the year 663 when Judge Dee was a magistrate of Peng-lai.
  • The Murder on the Lotus Pond - set in the year 666 when Judge Dee was a magistrate of Han-yuan.
  • The Two Beggars - set in the year 668 when Judge Dee was a magistrate of Poo-yang.
  • The Wrong Sword - set in the year 668 when Judge Dee was a magistrate of Poo-yang.
  • The Coffins of the Emperor - set in the year 670 when Judge Dee was a magistrate of Lan-fang.
  • Murder on New Year's Eve - set in the year 670 when Judge Dee was a magistrate of Lan-fang.