Judge Dee has been appointed emergency governor of the plague- and drought-ridden Imperial urban. As his guards support town fend off a favored rebellion, an aristocrat from one of many oldest households in China suffers an "accident" in a abandoned mansion.
In The Willow Pattern, the illustrious pass judgement on makes use of his trademark services to resolve the mysteries of the nobleman, a shattered vase, and a useless bondmaid. alongside the way in which he encounters a lady who fights with loaded sleeves, an almost drowned courtesan, and an difficult catch set for a assassin. full of suspense, violence, and romance, The Willow Pattern won’t disappoint pass judgement on Dee’s legions of dependable fans.
"The China of previous, in Mr. van Gulik’s expert arms, comes vividly alive again."—Allen J. Hubin, New York instances publication Review