The Willow Pattern: A Judge Dee Mystery by Robert van GulikThe Willow Pattern: A Judge Dee Mystery by Robert van Gulik

The Willow Pattern: A Judge Dee Mystery

byRobert van Gulik

Paperback | February 1, 2009

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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

Robert van Gulik (1910–67) was a Dutch diplomat and an authority on Chinese history and culture. His many works include sixteen Judge Dee mysteries, a study of the gibbon in China, and two books on the Chinese lute.
Title:The Willow Pattern: A Judge Dee MysteryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:February 1, 2009Publisher:University of Chicago Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226848752

ISBN - 13:9780226848754

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Short Informative Read The Willow Pattern is a short piece of historical fiction based on the criminal justice system of Ancient China. While a bit fond of adjectives, Gulk does a superb job of writing an engrossing murder mystery while at the same time presenting this particular aspect of Ancient Chinese history fairly clearly. One does not need to know anything about the particular time period to fully enjoy the book. Overall, a good quick read.
Date published: 2009-04-26

Table of Contents

Judge Dee and Chiao Tai
A meeting in a dark street
A girl assaulted by four ruffians
Judge Dee receives Mrs. Mei
A lady kneels before the judge
Judge Dee has tea in the Willow Abode
Ma Joong saves a drowning girl
Judge Dee in the boudoir of a dead lady
Ma Joong and Chiao Tai view two bodies
Coral's dance
A cruel tyrant and his victim
Judge Dee in the guestroom of the Mei mansion
The judge questions a suspect
A man meets his dead mistress
A young girl takes vengeance