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In this, the second one e-book in Robert van Gulik's vintage secret sequence of historic China, pass judgement on Dee needs to look at the homicide of his predecessor. His activity is complex by means of the simultaneous disappearance of his leader clerk and the hot bride of a prosperous neighborhood shipowner.

Meanwhile, a tiger is terrorizing the district, the ghost of the murdered Justice of the Peace stalks the tribunal, a prostitute has a mystery message for Dee, and the physique of a murdered monk is came upon to be within the improper grave. finally, the pass judgement on, along with his deft powers of deduction, uncovers the only reason for all of those doubtless unrelated events.

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Yee Pen, the shipowner, arrived and informed me he desired to see your honor privately for a number of moments. I took him to the reception corridor. "Who is that fellow? " pass judgement on Dee requested. "Mr. Yee is a truly filthy rich guy, your honor," the clerk responded. "He and Mr. Koo Meng-pin are the 2 biggest shipowners during this district; their ships move the entire method to Korea and Japan. either one of them personal a wharf at the river entrance the place they construct and service their ships. " "All right," pass judgement on Dee acknowledged. "I am additionally watching for one other customer, yet i will be able to see Yee Pen instantaneously. " To Sergeant Hoong he further, "You'll obtain Kim Sang, and make notes approximately what he experiences on his inquiries approximately his master's misplaced spouse. i will subscribe to you the following once i've got heard what Yee Pen has to assert. " A tall, fats guy stood awaiting the pass judgement on within the reception corridor. He knelt once he observed pass judgement on Dee ascending the steps. "We will not be within the courtroom corridor the following, Mr. Yee," pass judgement on Dee acknowledged affably as he sat down on the tea desk. "Rise and take this chair contrary me:" The fats guy mumbled a few harassed excuses, then sat down gingerly at the fringe of the chair. He had a fleshy, moon-shaped face with a skinny mustache and a ragged ring beard. The pass judgement on didn't like his small, artful eyes. Yee Pen sipped from his tea; he appeared at a loss how one can start. "In a couple of days," pass judgement on Dee acknowledged, "I shall invite all of the notables of Peng-lai for a reception right here. Then i am hoping to have the good thing about an extended dialog with you, Mr. Yee. I remorse that simply now i'm really occupied. i might have fun with it should you may forsake the formalities, and country your small business. " Yee speedy made a deep bow; then he spoke. "As a shipowner, your honor, I certainly need to stick with heavily all that is going on at the water entrance. Now i believe it my responsibility to report back to your honor that there are continual rumors that enormous amounts of hands are being smuggled out via this urban. " pass judgement on Dee sat up immediately. "Arms? " he requested incredulously. "Where to? " "Doubtless to Korea, your honor," Yee Pen spoke back. "I heard that the Koreans are chafing below the defeat we inflicted on them, and are making plans to assault our garrisons leaguered there. " "Have you any idea," pass judgement on Dee requested, "who are the despicable traitors accomplishing that exchange? " Yee Pen shook his head. He spoke back, "Unfortunately i could not find a unmarried clue, your honor. i will be able to merely say that my very own ships are in no way used for that nefarious scheme! those are only rumors, however the commander of the castle should have heard them too. they are saying that each one outgoing ships are being searched there very strictly nowadays. " "If you research something extra, do not fail to permit me understand at once," the pass judgement on stated. "By the best way, have you ever probably any proposal what can have occurred to the spouse of your colleague Koo Meng-pin? " "No, your honor," Yee spoke back, "not the slightest. yet Dr. Tsao might be sorry now that he did not provide his daughter to my son! " because the pass judgement on lifted his eyebrows, he extra quick, "I am one in every of Dr. Tsao's oldest pals, your honor, we're either adherents of a extra rational philosophy, and against Buddhist idolatry.

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