The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu

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The Floating Press, Jul 1, 2012 - Fiction - 302 pages
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Craving a classic mystery, complete with well-drawn characters, plenty of twists and turns, and an airtight story? Try The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu from renowned British author Sax Rohmer. In this novel, the scheming doctor has returned with a vengeance, hellbent on making a mint with his nefarious plots.
 

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Contents

Chapter I A Midnight Summons
5
Chapter II Eltham Vanishes
16
Chapter III The Wire Jacket
23
Chapter IV The Cry of a Nighthawk
35
Chapter V The Net
42
Chapter VI Under the Elms
58
Chapter VII Enter Mr Abel Slattin
65
Chapter VIII Dr FuManchu Strikes
71
Chapter XVIII The Silver Buddha
164
Chapter XIX Dr FuManchus Laboratory
168
Chapter XX The Cross Bar
175
Chapter XXI Cragmire Tower
188
Chapter XXII The Mulatto
195
Chapter XXIII A Cry on the Moor
209
Chapter XXIV Story of the Gables
219
Chapter XXV The Bells
228

Chapter IX The Climber
86
Chapter X The Climber Returns
91
Chapter XI The White Peacock
98
Chapter XII Dark Eyes Looked into Mine
108
Chapter XIII The Sacred Order
118
Chapter XIV The Coughing Horror
130
Chapter XV Bewitchment
140
Chapter XVI The Questing Hands
149
Chapter XVII One Day in Rangoon
157
Chapter XXVI The Fiery Hand
235
Chapter XXVII The Night of the Raid
246
Chapter XXVIII The Samurais Sword
253
Chapter XXIX The Six Gates
265
Chapter XXX The Call of the East
271
Chapter XXXI My Shadow Lies Upon You
275
Chapter XXXII The Tragedy
283
Chapter XXXIII The Mummy
291
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Sax Rohmer was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he adopted the name Sarsfield, the name of a famous Irish general admired by Rohmer's mother. He married Rose Elizabeth Knox in 1909 and, at his wife's insistence, began using the name Sax Rohmer for his fiction, eventually employing the pseudonym as his actual name. Rohmer was basically a self-taught scholar. He started writing as a journalist; his beat was the Limehouse underworld in London. Rohmer had a difficult time breaking into the professional fiction markets, but once he did, he became a household name for exotic adventure both in England and in America. Although his writing brought Rohmer success and money, he was never much of a businessman, and most of his wealth was squandered because of his extravagance and through financial mismanagement. Rohmer eventually moved to New York City. One of Rohmer's great intellectual interests was the occult and supernatural, and these elements frequently appeared as motifs in his fiction. His most famous creation was the evil oriental mastermind, Dr. Fu Manchu, first presented in the novel The Mystery of Fu Manchu in 1913 (later retitled The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu for its American publication, also in 1913). Most espionage or adventure fiction exploits the social paranoias of its time, and Rohmer himself effectively tapped the Westerner's fear of the stereotyped "yellow peril" threat---the negatively perceived belief that Orientals will conquer the world. The Fu Manchu adventures were patterned, in part, after Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. Rohmer's protagonists in these adventures, Sir Denis Nayland Smith and his companion Dr. Petrie, look very much like Doyle's Holmes and Watson, but, whereas Doyle centered his narratives on the heroes and specifically on the elaborate process of detection, Rohmer focused his attention on the villain and on slam-bang action. Fu Manchu was a master of both Western science and Eastern mysticism, and his efforts at world domination caused no end of problems for Smith and Petrie. In Fu Manchu, Rohmer had created the most famous villain in popular fiction (although Rohmer maintained that Fu Manchu was based on an actual Limehouse criminal). Despite Rohmer's use of outrageous racial stereotyping, many of his novels hold up well today and provide superior examples of how to create narrative pacing and suspense.

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