In Fire-Tongue, Harley sees a man die at the dinner table. (Something in the soup?) The detective’s “uncanny sixth sense” tells him it was murder. But he can’t prove it, let alone catch the killer. The trouble was, neither could Rohmer. And the story already had started running as a magazine serial! As Rohmer told it, he was desperately stumped when the magician and escape artist Houdini appeared at his door. Houdini slipped him – what else? – the secret way out. The story continues with all the clues, exotic suspects, slinky gowns, disguises, chases and resolutions that Rohmer’s fans expected and still find in his fantastical fiction.
The prolific author set up the perfect crime with no idea how to solve it and worked the case himself along with his fictional detective, Paul Harley. From the author of The Insidious Fu Manchu books.
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.