Judge Dee at Work
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|Author||Robert van Gulik|
|Genre||Gong'an fiction, Mystery, Detective novel, Crime|
|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 county 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.
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
- The Red Tape Murder - 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.
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