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Written by Sax Rohmer - Audio book performed by John Bolen - Unabridged Fiction - 1 MP3 COMPACT DISC - 9 hours, 33 minutes
Publisher, Tantor Media (May 2001)
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An illusive Chinese mastermind and his henchman have already killed one socialite and they hold a mysterious sway over many of London's elite. What is the secret of their power? Follow the trail with Sax Rohmer's famous detectives Gaston Max and Inspector Dunbar as they chase the international gang of hoodlums and their leader, the evil Dr. King.
About the Author: Sax Rohmer was a prolific English mystery writer who was best known for the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu. The golden age of Fu Manchu stories and the peak of Rohmer's career was in the 1930s. There are many radio, comic and film adaptations including movies, starring Boris Karloff and Peter Sellers. Sinister Oriental Fu Manchu stereotypes, which were feared since the turn of the century, appeared frequently in popular fiction. Among the best-known doppelgangers is Dr. No from Ian Fleming's famous James Bond novel Dr. No. Sax Rohmer was born in 1883 as Arthur Henry Ward in Birmingham, England of Irish parents. He received no formal schooling until he was about ten years old. Rohmer, impressed by his mother's claims that he was a descendent of the famous 17th-century Irish general Patrick Sarsfield, adopted the name Sarsfield. The pen name came from 'sax' which was Saxon for 'blade' and 'rohmer' which meant 'roamer'. Rohmer worked in odd jobs before starting his writing career at age 20. In 1909 he married Rose Knox who was psychic. Rohmer himself seemed to attract metaphysical phenomena. According to a story he asked his wife's ouija board how he could best make a living. The answer was 'C-H-I-N-A-M-A-N'. In addition to stories and serials, Rohmer wrote comedy sketches for entertainers. His first Fu Manchu novel, The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu, written in 1913, gained immediate success. In 1915 Rohmer invented his detective character Gaston Max, who first appeared in The Yellow Claw. From the 1920's through the 1930s, Rohmer was one of the most widely read and highly paid magazine writers in the English language. He joined the occult organization of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, along with William Butler Yeats. Success brought Rohmer temporary financial security and he traveled to the Near East, Jamaica, and Egypt. But he lost most of his fortune while gambling in Monte Carlo. After World War II, the Rohmers moved back to the States and ultimately settled in White Plains, NY. He died from a combination of pneumonia and a stroke on June 1, 1959.