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As usual, there is always something a little challenging to modern sensibilities here which is more than refreshing. Particularly interesting is the psychotic villain's final assessment of Dee's character - a very meta exchange that leads Dee to give up detection for politics historically accurate for the character.
Basically, once Dee has now become so famous, his methods can be used against him.
If only other detectives were so self-aware and had the promotion options available here! My one significant disappointment is that van Gulik never wrote the scene of Dee having to inform Ma Joong who does not appear in this novel that his blood-brother Chiao Tai has been murdered and that Tao Gan is getting married! At least it was Dee himself who masterfully dispatched his murderer. I've always hoped that this would jolt Mr Ma out of his implied slump and back to proper work Jun 22, Timons Esaias rated it really liked it.
This one covers an important section of Dee's later career, when Dee was Lord Chief Justice, Magistrate of the Metropolitan Court; and when he became enmeshed in a succession struggle in the Imperial Household. The action, as one might guess from the title, takes place in the port city of Canton, in the far south of T'ang China. Sadly, Ma Joong has settled down, and is no longer attending Dee on this mission. Tao Gan and Chiao Tai serve as his faithful assistants. Our protagonists are here under cover, looking for the Imperial Censor, who has disappeared somewhere in Canton.
Very quickly after they arrive, bodies start piling up all over the city. And a civil war may be the result. Canton is unusual in this time for having thousands of Arabs in residence, and many more in the harbor on trading vessels. Tensions with them, and a possible plot to make trouble in the city, figure into the plot.
Also Canton has a pariah underclass, not allowed to intermarry with Chinese, or even to live within the walls. These are the Tanka, and they, too, threaten to upset the settled order.
I particularly liked this volume, as it brought in issues that involved Imperial politics back in the capital, as well as unique local conditions and tensions. A fine entry in the Judge Dee series. This is, chronologically, Judge Dee's last case. At this point in time, he's the Lord Chief Justice for all of China and at the end of the book he's about to become the Imperial Censor. This is also my least favorite of van Gulik's books. Don't get me wrong, the setting - Canton - is amazing, I love the atmosphere the author created and the cases, all three of them, are incredibly complex and intriguing.
I also love the character of the blind girl collecting crickets, what a great female characte This is, chronologically, Judge Dee's last case. I also love the character of the blind girl collecting crickets, what a great female character, so strong and proud. The book's also incredibly depressing. Dee is tired of his job, of all the ugliness he has seen, he's still mourning the woman who committed suicide to spare him shame And it's also the book in which Chiao Tai dies saving Dee's live.
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The only one to get a real happy ending is Tao Gan. Aug 03, Lisa Kucharski rated it really liked it. Chronologically this is the last novel in the series though, they were not written in chronological order. Here we see Judge Dee in an imperial position investigating political intrigue Interesting story that shows how Dee makes the decision to lay down his hat has investigator and take on his new position.
This story also makes good on "predictions" made in previous stories. Oct 03, Janice rated it really liked it.
An expert on the art and erotica as well as the literature, religion, and politics of China, van Gulik also provides charming illustrations to accompany his engaging and entertaining mysteries. Feb 17, Kathy Chung rated it liked it. These are the Tanka, and they, too, threaten to upset the settled order. This is, chronologically, Judge Dee's last case. May 25, Roosi rated it it was amazing Shelves: Available in Russia Shop from Russia to buy this item.
This is the last Judge Dee book and one of the best. One of his lieutenants is married with children, so is not taken along on the trip to Canton to discover why the Imperial Censor is incognito in Canton while the Emperor is breathing his last and power struggles are occuring in the capitol. Judge Dee uncovers the answer and in the process loses one of his lieutenants and another seems poised to finally marry.
This is probably one of the best Judge Dee stories, but also a sad one. Oct 18, George Seminara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hard to rate, especially when you compare it to the quality of the series. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will most assuredly re-read it.
But please read this book last. There are four books that must be read in order and I will up date this with those titles as soon as I get my books out of storage.
But, read the eleven other titles first and then you will be set. Nov 20, LKM rated it it was amazing. I loved the twins on this one, they were quite fun for characters that appeared only briefly. The blind girl was also a nice character, and on the whole the book felt like it had a slightly different pace from the other ones. Chinese Lake Murders Robert van Gulik.
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