Publication: Michael Joseph, 1961, London
First edition. Fine in dust jacket with professional restoration to closed tear on front panel. Judge Dee and his four helpers solve the murders of an honored merchant, a kindly boxing master, and a paper merchant's wife, whose corpse has no head. They succeed in spite of strong pressure on Judge Dee from higher-ups to bring his investigation, which has temporarily generated unrest among the populace, rapidly to an end or face dismissal and serious punishment.
Inventory Number: 26978