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  • Values Resonance: Van Gulik adapted the The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee because it was structured much like the Western idea of a crime novel: the criminal is not known from the start, and the judge must work out the details instead of having everything revealed to him by a god. While the book does have supernatural elements to it (the judge has a dream that shows which direction to look in, and he stages a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax to get a confession), these are downplayed compared to other such stories.
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