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The Phantom of the Temple

(1965)
(A book in the Judge Dee series)
A novel by

 
 
Judge Dee presided over his imperial Chinese court with a unique brand of Confucian justice. A near mythic figure in China, he distinguished himself as a tribunal magistrate, inquisitor, and public avenger. Long after his death, accounts of his exploits were celebrated in Chinese folklore, and later immortalized by Robert van Gulik in his electrifying mysteries.

In The Phantom of the Temple, three separate puzzles - the disappearance of a wealthy merchant's daughter, twenty missing bars of gold, and a decapitated corpse - are pieced together by the clever judge to solve three murders and one complex, gruesome plot.

'Judge Dee belongs in that select group of fictional detectives headed by the renowned Sherlock Holmes. I assure you it is a compliment not given frivolously.' - Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times
Robert Van Gulik (1910-67) was a Dutch diplomat and an authority on Chinese history and culture. He drew his plots from the whole body of Chinese literature, especially from the popular detective novels that first appeared in the seventeenth century.

Genre: Mystery

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Paperback Editions

September 1995 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Phantom of the Temple: A Judge Dee Mystery (Judge Dee Mysteries)
Author(s): Robert van Gulik
ISBN: 0-226-84877-9 / 978-0-226-84877-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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April 1979 : USA Paperback
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Title: The PHANTOM OF THE TEMPLE
Author(s): Robert van Gulik
ISBN: 0-684-16178-8 / 978-0-684-16178-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner Paper Fiction
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January 1969 : UK Paperback
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Title: Phantom of the Temple
Author(s): Robert Van Gulik
ISBN: 0-586-02661-4 / 978-0-586-02661-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Audio Editions

2007 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Phantom of the Temple
Author(s): Robert Van Gulik
ISBN: 1-55690-411-8 / 978-1-55690-411-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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June 1987 : Audio Cassette

Title: Phantom of the Temple: A Judge Dee Mystery
Author(s): Robert Van Gulik, Frank Muller
ISBN: 9999968503 / 978-9999968508
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

November 2010 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Phantom of the Temple: A Judge Dee Mystery (Judge Dee Mysteries)
Author(s): Robert van Gulik
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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