The Emperor's Pearl: A Judge Dee Mystery
Robert van Gulik (Author)
It all begins on the night of the Poo-yang dragonboat races in AD 699: a drummer in the leading boat collapses, and the body of a beautiful young woman turns up in a deserted country mansion. There, Judge Dee - tribunal magistrate, inquisitor, and public avenger - steps in to investigate the murders and return order to the Tang Dynasty.In "The Emperor's Pearl", the judge discovers that these two deaths are connected by an ancient tragedy involving a near-legendary treasure stolen from the Imperial Harem one hundred years earlier. The terrifying figure of the White Lady, a river goddess enshrined on a bloodstained altar, looms in the background of the investigation. Clues are few and elusive, but under the expert hand of Robert van Gulik, this mythic jigsaw puzzle assembles itself into a taut mystery.
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About the Author
Robert van Gulik (1910-67) was a Dutch diplomat and an authority on Chinese history and culture. His many works include sixteen Judge Dee mysteries, a study of the gibbon in China, and two books on the Chinese lute.
- Contributor: Robert van Gulik
- Imprint: University of Chicago Press
- ISBN13: 9780226848723
- Number of Pages: 192
- Packaged Dimensions: 140x201x10mm
- Packaged Weight: 231
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
- Release Date: 1994-05-01
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Robert van Gulik (1910-67) was a Dutch diplomat and an authority on Chinese history and culture. His many works include sixteen Judge Dee mysteries, a study of the gibbon in China, and two books on the Chinese lute.