In the mystery novel Bat Wing, Occult detective Paul Harley is presented with his toughest case when he is asked to investigate a case of Voodoo magic at an estate in Surrey. He and his partner, Malcolm Knox, are contacted by wealthy land baron, Colonel Menendez, who is convinced that his life is in peril. He is certain that an Obeah threat has followed him from Cuba when a bat wing is found nailed to his door. When Harley and Knox arrive at Cray’s Folly they find a household filled with vague menace. Mendendez’s cousin, Madame de StÄmer, is putting on a brave front, but her companion, Val Beverley, knows that someone has been wandering the halls at night. And why does their neighbor, Colin Camber, hate the Colonel so much? Is there any significance in their shared ties to Voodoo? And can Harley find out what is behind these threats before this case ends in murder?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward (15 February 1883 – 1 June 1959), better known as Sax Rohmer, was a prolific English novelist. He is best remembered for his series of novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu.
After penning Little Tich in 1911 (as ghostwriter for the famous music hall entertainer of the same name: Little Tich) he issued the first Fu Manchu novel, The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu, serialized from October 1912 to June 1913. It was an immediate success, with its fast-paced story of Denis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie facing the worldwide conspiracy of the “Yellow Peril.” The Fu Manchu stories, together with his more conventional detective series characters—Paul Harley, Gaston Max, Red Kerry, Morris Klaw (an occult detective), and The Crime Magnet—made Rohmer one of the most successful and well-paid authors of the 1920s and 1930s.
The first three Fu Manchu books were published in the four years 1913–1917; but it was not until 1931 (some fourteen years after the third book in the series) that Rohmer returned to the series with Daughter of Fu Manchu.