Item #11169 The Black Camel. Earl Derr Biggers.

The Black Camel

New York: Readers League of America, 1929.

Hardcover. 7 1/2" X 5 1/4". 312pp. Wear to green cloth over boards with rubbing, toning, and bumps to covers, corners, and edges. Faint dust-spotting to edges of text block. Previous owner's name in pencil to front free endpaper. Toning to endpapers and paste-downs. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.

The character of Charlie Chan was created by Earl Derr Biggers as a counter to the stereotype of "Yellow Peril," and as an alternative to the common practice of media to portray Asian characters as stoic, menacing villains. Chan was characterized as heroic, intelligent, handsome, and honorable, and was received well by the general public. His stories would go on to be featured in numerous movies, as well as radio and television adaptations.

"Death is the black camel that kneels unbidden at every gate." This is what Charlie Chan tells the guests of the unfortunate Shelah Fane, a glamorous Hollywood movie star who has been murdered while on location beach side in Honolulu. Here the detective confronts his most perplexing case of his long and illustrious career. Chan is aided by a mysterious fortune teller named Tarneverro the Great. It appears that Miss Fane had summoned Tarneverro to Honolulu as she strongly believes in his mystical powers. A number of bystanders do not have alibis in this case, and it takes every bit of Chan's considerable powers to untangle this intricate web of deception and murder.(Publisher). Good. Item #11169

Price: $30.00

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