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It all starts at the evening of the Poo-yang dragonboat races in 699 A.D.: a drummer within the prime boat collapses, and the physique of an attractive younger lady turns up in a abandoned nation mansion.  There, pass judgement on Dee—tribunal Justice of the Peace, inquisitor, and public avenger—steps in to enquire the murders and go back order to the Tang Dynasty.
In The Emperor’s Pearl, the pass judgement on discovers that those deaths are hooked up by means of an historical tragedy regarding a near-legendary treasure stolen from the Imperial Harem 100 years past. The terrifying determine of the White girl, a river goddess enshrined on a bloodstained altar, looms within the historical past of the research. Clues are few and elusive, yet lower than the professional hand of Robert van Gulik, this mythic jigsaw puzzle assembles itself right into a taut mystery.
“If you haven't but found pass judgement on Dee and his trustworthy Sgt. Hoong, I envy you that preliminary excitement which comes from the invention of an exceptional detective tale. For the Justice of the Peace of Poo-yang belongs in that opt for team of fictional detectives headed through the popular Sherlock Holmes.”—Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times
“The name of this ebook and the e-book itself have a lot in universal. each one is a jewel, a unprecedented and beneficial find.”—Atlanta Times

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Pass judgement on Dee driven his cap again from his perspiring forehead. 'You are correct in fact, Hoong ! enable it's introduced that there will be no morning consultation at the present time, yet that the court docket will convene at midday. i'm going to then simply make identified the naked proof and upload a non-committal assertion in regards to the research being in growth. Let's trade our caps. i've got no thought who or what that omit Liang is, in order that I had higher move there incognito. ' After he had wear Hoong's small skull-cap, they parted. pass judgement on Dee rode towards the Temple of the warfare God. donning that cap and coated with airborne dirt and dust and perspiration as he used to be, he was hoping that he wouldn't be well-known. XI the road urchin whom he requested after omit Liang's residence didn't provide him a re-examination. He silently pointed with a filthy forefinger at a wide wood barrack, close to the nook of the road. while pass judgement on Dee had dismounted and used to be fastening the bridle of his horse to the hoop within the wall, his eye fell at the red-lacquered signboard putting subsequent to the door. It used to be inscribed with 4 black letters in cursive writing that learn Wu-te Tao-chang, ' education corridor of Martial advantage '. the big sq. seal on the most sensible indicated that the inscription were written by means of one of many Imperial Princes. Doubtfully shaking his head he went inside of. It was once relatively cool within the dim, spacious corridor. within the centre a thick reed mat have been unfolded at the flooring. Six hefty males, stripped to the waist, have been training wrestling-grips there in pairs. Farther on baggy ruffians have been fencing with bamboo sticks. part a dozen males have been sitting at the wood bench opposed to the facet wall, carefully following the complaints. not anyone paid any recognition to the newcomer. one of many fencers acquired hit on his hand. He permit his stick drop and started to curse volubly. 'Mind your language, Mister Mo, in case you please ! ' a grating voice resounded from the again of the corridor. The fencer appeared around with a worried face. 'Yes leave out Liang! ' he acknowledged meekly. ' Sorry omit Liang! ' He blew on his sore arms, picked up his stick, and the fencing went on. pass judgement on Dee walked around the wrestlers and as much as the counter. Then he stood stock-still. He stared with unbelieving eyes on the enormous lady reclining within the armchair there. This mountain of flesh used to be clad in a short-sleeved jacket and huge trousers of tough brown cotton, as worn by way of specialist wrestlers. One crimson sash used to be wound tightly around her barrel-like torso lower than her considerable bosom, and a moment around her waist, supported her paunch. elevating her around, expressionless stand up to the pass judgement on, she requested in a rasping voice : 'What do you need, stranger? ' Taking carry of himself, the pass judgement on spoke gruffly : ' My identify is Jen, i'm a boxing-master from the capital. i must remain the following for a couple of weeks, and Mr Sheng Pa directed me right here, for recommendation approximately getting a couple of scholars. to maintain my rice-bowl crammed, you spot? ' leave out Liang didn't answer right now. She raised her heavy correct arm and patted her hair, combed immediately again over her bullet-like head and amassed in a small bun on her neck.

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