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Within the 3rd installment of Robert Van Gulik's vintage historic chinese language secret sequence in line with old courtroom documents, Justice of the Peace, legal professional, and detective pass judgement on Dee has his paintings lower out for him. Set in 666 A.D., within the hidden urban of Han-yuan, sixty miles from the imperial capital of old China, Dee is shipped to enquire a case of embezzlement of presidency cash. yet issues are approximately to get extra advanced for the good detective. prior to he's approximately to take depart of Han-yuan, the preferred courtesan Almond Blossom disappears, after which a bride who dies on her marriage ceremony evening additionally disappears from her coffin -- her physique changed with that of a murdered guy. To make concerns worse, pass judgement on Dee is faced with the harmful sect referred to as the White Lotus.

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I'm going to seek advice our records approximately that case," pass judgement on Dee stated. "Oh, Your Honor will not locate something approximately it within the dossiers," Han stated quick. "Fortunately, the case hasn't ever been sooner than the tribunal. We, the notables of Han-yuan, have heard the folks involved and settled the case, including the Rector of the college. We deem it our responsibility, Your Honor, to spare the specialists pointless paintings. " "So i realized! " the pass judgement on remarked dryly. He rose and thanked Han for his type reception. while Han used to be engaging in him to his palanquin the pass judgement on mirrored that this interview did not appear to have laid the basis for an enduring friendship. 8th bankruptcy pass judgement on DEE CONVERSES WITH A poultry AND FISHES; HE SUMS UP HIS THEORIES FOR HIS ASSISTANTS while pass judgement on Dee had ascended his palanquin the bearers advised him that the Councilor's residence was once simply round the nook. He was hoping that this interview could end up extra ecocnomic than that he had simply had with Han Yung-han. Councilor Liang, an intruder in Han-yuan like himself, wouldn't be obsessed by way of Han's scruples approximately offering info at the voters of Han-yuan. The Councilor's condominium had a majestic gate. the 2 heavy pillars that flanked the double doorways have been carved with an problematic trend of clouds and superb birds. within the entrance courtyard, overshadowed through outdated bushes, a tender guy with an extended, unhappy face got here to welcome the excessive visitor. He brought himself as Liang Fen, the Councilor's nephew, who acted as his secretary. He begun problematic excuses for the Councilor now not popping out to bid the Justice of the Peace welcome in individual. pass judgement on Dee minimize him brief, announcing: "I understand that His Excellency is ailing. i'd by no means have dared to importune him have been it no longer that i must consult with him pressing authentic enterprise. " The secretary bowed deeply and led the pass judgement on right into a wide, semiobscure hall. there have been no servants in proof. after they have been approximately to move a small backyard, Liang Fen unexpectedly halted in his steps. Nervously rubbing his arms jointly, he acknowledged: "I discover this is often relatively abnormal, Your Honor. I deeply remorse that i must recommend this request in such an abrupt demeanour… could Your Honor deign to provide me the chance for a quick deepest dialog, after the interview with my grasp? i'm in nice problems. i actually do not know-" LIANG FEN WELCOMES pass judgement on DEE He did not be able to finish his sentence. The pass judgement on gave him a looking out glance, then nodded his assent. The younger guy appeared enormously relieved. He led the pass judgement on around the backyard to a wide porch, and opened a heavy door. "His Excellency shall almost immediately make his visual appeal! " he introduced. Then he stepped again, and closed the door noiselessly in the back of him. pass judgement on Dee blinked his eyes. The spacious room used to be pervaded through a dim, diffuse gentle; firstly he may well figure just a white sq. within the again wall. It proved to be a low, huge window, pasted over with a grayish paper. He complicated gingerly over the thick carpet, scared of barking his shins opposed to a section of furnishings.

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