It all begins on the night of the Poo-yang dragonboat races in 699
A.D.: a drummer in the leading boat collapses, and the body of a
beautiful young woman turns up in a deserted country mansion.
There, Judge Deetribunal magistrate, inquisitor, and public
avengersteps in to investigate the murders and return order to the
Tang Dynasty. In The Emperors Pearl, the judge discovers that these
two deaths are connected by an ancient tragedy involving a
near-legendary treasure stolen from the Imperial Harem one hundred
years earlier. The terrifying figure of the White Lady, a river
goddess enshrined on a bloodstained altar, looms in the background
of the investigation. Clues are few and elusive, but under the
expert hand of Robert van Gulik, this mythic jigsaw puzzle
assembles itself into a taut mystery. If you have not yet
discovered Judge Dee and his faithful Sgt. Hoong, I envy you that
initial pleasure which comes from the discovery of a great
detective story. For the magistrate of Poo-yang belongs in that
select group of fictional detectives headed by the renowned
Sherlock Holmes.Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times The title of this
book and the book itself have much in common. Each is a jewel, a
rare and precious find.Atlanta Times
University of Chicago Press
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