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Download The Chinese Nail Murders ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ê [Reading] ➼ The Chinese Nail Murders By Robert van Gulik – 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 thDistrict in the barren north of the ancient Chinese The Chinese Kindle Empire It is here that he is faced with three strange and disturbing crimes the theft of precious jewels the disappearance o. I want to give this book 3 stars if only because we finally get a glimpse at the personal cost of Dee's devotion to Confucianism when he discovers that a woman who he's falling in love with murdered her first husband in her defense he was abusive but the Law and propriety demand that she pay the price

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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 Boar. 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

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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. The 4th in the series of the magnificent Judge Dee detective novels the wise magistrate and his four trusted able assistants have arrived in the northern frontier town of Pei chow where a war with the Tartars who live just across the border may begin any moment and a Chinese army of 100000 soldiers nearby nervous but ready for action Nevertheless everything seems calm on the surface in the small town just one important case of note for Dee to investigate the disappearance of Liao Lien fang the daughter of a wealthy merchant Many people believe she ran away with a secret lover the stunned fiance Yu Lang doesn't of course and fears foul play Soon something happens and Judge Dee almost forgets about that when a woman's headless bloody body is found in bed and the husband Pan Feng is suspected of this heinous crime he denies killing his wife like all murderers do Her two brothers want sweet revenge Yeh Pin Yeh Tai in China surnames come first Since ancient Chinese mysteries had three murderous cases each Robert van Gulik the Dutch scholar diplomat and writer of these stories follows this custom A renowned Chinese boxer Lan Tao kuei is poisoned in a bathhouse by an unknown villain dressed in Tartar clothes this man who had brought glory to the north and was one of the best athletes in the nation shocks the already anxious town Unrest is brewing and not just the tea the army offers to send troops but the wise we hope magistrate refuses this was caused when Judge Dee accuses the beautiful widow Mrs Loo of killing her husband who died five months ago unexpectedly and under strange circumstances before the magistrate came to town It doesn't help that the insolent widow mostly naked was viciously whipped in public on orders from Dee in court The whole city is furious an innocent lady they think tortured by the cruel judge A riot almost breaks out in the tribunal but another will if the desperate Dee can't solve this baffling mysteryeven a death close to home causes pain and the great man sinks in despairHe the tranuil always with a placid face to the people the symbol of the 7th century Tang dynasty the mighty Empire is rockedThe judge will have to use all his wisdom to recover A book that is a remarkably entertaining not just another detective book it has heart and surprisingly pathosas the all powerful official learns not everything needed can be found in the law books