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Download The Chinese Nail Murders Doc ↠ 220 pages é [Download] ✤ 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 the magistrate of Pei chAD 676In 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 From Wikipedia Judge Dee also Judge Di is a semi fictional character based on the historical figure Di Renjie county magistrate and statesman of the Tang court The character appeared in the 18th century Chinese detective and gong'an crime novel Di Gong An After Robert van Gulik came across it in an antiuarian book store in Tokyo he translated the novel into English and then used the style and characters to write his own original Judge Dee historical mystery stories This is No 15 out of 17 in Robert van Gulik's Judge Dee series In the olden days of China a judge or magistrate had investigative powers and often doubled as a sort of detective in getting to the bottom of a case before passing his verdict sort of like the French system now I have not read any other book in this series before and chose this because I read an article saying this was one of the better ones There are actually three murder missing person cases going on simultaneously in this book which at the outset we are unsure as to whether they are related The web of characters clues and developments is very wide and at times it was a challenge keeping up with the entire thing Fans of puzzle mysteries will probably find this complexity fun The novel really focuses on the process of evidence discovery as such character development is not a primary factor although it does get a bit feely towards the second half Overall I uite enjoyed reading this since it was based in an ancient setting Final rating 375

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Frontier district in the barren north of the ancient Chinese Empire It is here that he is faced with three strange and disturbing crimes the theft of precious jewels the disappearance of a gi of all the Judge Dee books that I have read so far this has been a most heart wrenching story I felt so much hopelessness when I read this book the case of the missing girl and death of Mrs Pan were okay However when it comes to the case of Sargent Hoong it felt like a stab in my heart it was just so not worth itI am disappointed at the Case of Mrs Loo as the plot was very similar to the plot of a previous book that I read was it the poisoned bride and others mysteries? it was sad about Mrs Kou toodespite the good news in the ending I still feel uneasy it was like this book show the human side of Judge Dee I would have given this book 5 stars if it has not been because of Mrs Loo's case which reason of my disappointment ststed above

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The Chinese Nail MurdersRl 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 our Northern Army The military always seem to need much elbow space’‘The Generalissimo will have plenty of that where he is now’ Tao Gan observed ‘Two hundred miles farther up north right in the frozen desert’DWELLING IN THE PASTDonald Lach is lavish in his praise of the scholarship that underlies Van Gulik’s fiction At the same time he notes the irony of a wartime diplomat choosing to write about imperial ChinaAlthough Van Gulik was a close student of the Ming and ing dynasties the Dutch scholar’s experiences with life in China were limited to a few brief visits and to several years’ stay during the Second World War He idealizes the China which existed before the empire had been shaken by the disruptive influences of the West and Japan He sees imperial China most often from the viewpoint of the Confucian gentry for whose way of life he had respect and affectionVan Gulik lived through the 2nd Sino Japanese War in both of the combatant countries It’s odd then that he should choose to erase that experience from his fiction Perhaps as a diplomat Van Gulik was restrained from publicizing his personal views Or maybe Van Gulik needed to cast his gaze into the distant past when reason and order still prevailed