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Preview — The Willow Pattern by Robert van Gulik
The Willow Pattern (Judge Dee (Chronological order) #16)
Judge Dee has been appointed emergency governor of the plague- and drought-ridden Imperial City. As his guards help the city fend off a popular uprising, an aristocrat from one of the oldest families in China suffers an "accident" in a deserted mansion.
In The Willow Pattern, the illustrious judge uses his trademark expertise to unravel the mysteries of the nobleman, a sha...more
In this confusion, Judge Dee must solve the murders of the heads of two ...more
The Willow Pattern fascinated me because of the characters, the intricate plot, and for introducing me to a type of weapon I'd never heard of before: loaded sleeves. That ...more
Highly recommended; if you haven't tried this series yet you may not wish to start here, but rather with the first. If you like hist ...more
I also thought this book had a much heavier element of sexuality than many of the other Judge Dee books. There is often some sexual component to a Judge Dee novel, but I've not noticed such a heavy use of sex in the books ...more
All of Gulik's books feature female protagonists, and this is no different. Once more, at the center of this story is a woman who was trained in the art of seduction, a beautiful courtesan who ...more