The Willow Pattern

The Willow Pattern

A Judge Dee Mystery

Book - 1993 | University of Chicago Press ed.
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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
0226848752
Characteristics: 183 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.

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Apr 19, 2017

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

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