In The Phantom of the Temple, 3 separate puzzles—the disappearance of a prosperous product owner's daughter, twenty lacking bars of gold, and a decapitated corpse—are pieced jointly by means of the shrewdpermanent pass judgement on to unravel 3 murders and one advanced, ugly plot.
“Judge Dee belongs in that decide upon crew of fictional detectives headed through the popular Sherlock Holmes. I guarantee you it's a praise no longer given frivolously.”—Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times
Robert Van Gulik (1910-67) was once a Dutch diplomat and an expert on chinese language background and tradition. He drew his plots from the entire physique of chinese language literature, particularly from the preferred detective novels that first seemed within the 17th century.
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And if I had visible it, i would not were capable of purchase it! ' pass judgement on Dee positioned the field again into his sleeve. 'Does your brother by no means purchase photos from you? ' he requested casually. Lee's face fell. He responded curtly, 'My brother is a businessman. He has no real interest in artwork and despises all artists. ' 'Do you reside the following on their own together with your assistant? ' 'Yes sir. I hate the hassle of preserving a customary family. Yang-that's the identify of my man-is a able fellow. he is a scholar of literature who could not participate in the ultimate exam due to loss of money. He does the home and he additionally is helping me arrange paint etc. Pity you cannot meet him. ' when you consider that the pass judgement on was once emerging, he resumed fast, 'May I pour you one other cup of tea, sir? it's not frequently that i've got the good thing about speaking with this sort of well-known student and-' 'I am sorry, Mr Lee, yet i need to go back to the tribunal now. thanks for the tea. and do not ignore that portray of the border scene! ' Lee respectfully performed them to the door. 'That slick artist is a damned liar, sir! ' Ma Joong burst out after they have been strolling down the road. 'The outdated geezer within the curio-shop used to be convinced he had received the field from Lee. And he does not make any error approximately his company. no longer he! ' 'At first,' pass judgement on Dee acknowledged slowly, 'Lee inspired me relatively favourably. Later, besides the fact that, I wasn't so definite. ' He halted. 'While i'm going directly to the tribunal, you could to boot ask in a store or so round right here what they suspect of Lee. and in addition ask approximately that assistant of his. simply to around out the image, so as to converse. ' Ma Joong nodded. He observed just one well-liked shop-sign within the slim alley. It proclaimed in huge letters that there gauze fantastic as gossamer used to be reduce effectively to degree. The tailor used to be rolling up a bolt of silk. within the rear of the store 4 aged ladies have been accumulated around a protracted, slender desk, busy sewing and embroidering. The tailor greeted Ma Joong with courtesy adequate. yet his face fell while he requested no matter if he knew the painter. 'As terrible as a ravenous rat! ' he stated disgustedly. 'I see him move by way of right here sometimes, yet he hasn't ever but got a sew of garments! And that assistant of his, he is only a tramp. retains abnormal hours, and co-workers with all types of hoodlums. He frequently rouses this respectable, quiet neighbourhood whilst he comes domestic making a song and shouting, as inebriated as a lord! ' 'Young males of letters like a homosexual evening, now and then,' Ma Joong acknowledged soothingly. 'Young guy of letters, my foot! Yang is simply a vagabond! nonetheless loves to doll himself up, notwithstanding. He has received a brand new gown from me, worse good fortune! Hasn't paid me one copper! I would've raised a row approximately that, yet . . . 'He leaned over-the-counter and seemed the road up and down. 'I need to be cautious, you spot. would not like him to return right here along with his hoodlums a few day and throw rubbish buckets over my advantageous inventory of silk. . . . ' 'If Yang is the sort of good-for-nothing, why does Mr Lee retain him in his provider? ' 'Because Mr Lee is not one jot larger than him! Birds of a feather, that is what these are, sir!