Hock G Tjoa The Ingenious Judge Dee

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The Ingenious Judge Dee

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A double homicide, a "reluctant" corpse, a bride poisoned on her wedding night--all taking place in a small county, one of fifteen hundred in Tang dynasty China, and all demanding investigation and judicial response within a month! Judge Dee deals with these cases with his usual investigators and with his customary aplomb, even though he is himself under investigation by an Imperial Censor. He is unorthodox in his choice of investigators (former bandits and a female ex-cat burglar) and one of his suspects is a voluptuous woman who alleges harassment on the part of the authorities. He may also have stepped on some toes of the local gentry. What is an upright civil servant to do? In July 2015 I was able to produce a dramatic reading of this play. Based on what I learned hearing the play read, I have made a few changes to the text.

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Hock G. Tjoa was born in Singapore to Chinese parents. He studied history at Brandeis and Harvard and taught European history and Asian political thought at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. He is married and lives with his family in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California. In 2010, he published The Battle of Chibi, selections translated from "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms" (one of four traditional Chinese classics). In 2011, he adapted Lao She's "Tea House," Mandarin original dated 1953, publishing it as Heaven is High and the Emperor Far Away, a Play. In 2013, he published The Chinese Spymaster (volume 1: operation Kashgar) which he hopes will eventually be the first in a series of three spy novels and, in 2014, Agamemnon Must Die, a retelling of Aeschylus' Oresteia. In September, volume 2 of The Chinese Spymaster will be published as The Ninja and the Diplomat.

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