The Willow Pattern

The Willow Pattern

A Judge Dee Mystery

Book - 1993 | University of Chicago Press ed.
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Chicago Distribution Center

Judge Dee has been appointed emergency governor of the plague- and drought-ridden Imperial City. As his guards help the city fend off a popular uprising, an aristocrat from one of the oldest families in China suffers an "accident" in a deserted mansion.

In The Willow Pattern, the illustrious judge uses his trademark expertise to unravel the mysteries of the nobleman, a shattered vase, and a dead bondmaid. Along the way he encounters a woman who fights with loaded sleeves, a nearly drowned courtesan, and an elaborate trap set for a murderer. Packed with suspense, violence, and romance, The Willow Pattern won’t disappoint Judge Dee’s legions of loyal fans.

"The China of old, in Mr. van Gulik’s skilled hands, comes vividly alive again."—Allen J. Hubin, New York Times Book Review

Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1993.
Edition: University of Chicago Press ed.
ISBN: 9780226848754
Characteristics: 183 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Apr 19, 2017

Underrated historical Chinese mystery series by former Western ambassador.
Drawings done by same author.
Character based on real life historical person.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at WCCLS

To Top