Fu-Manchu - The Mystery of Dr Fu-Manchu, Paperback Book

Fu-Manchu - The Mystery of Dr Fu-Manchu Paperback

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"The greatest genius whom the powers of evil have put on the earth for centuries", Fu Manchu - an agent of the Si-Fan - seeks to climb the ladder of the secret society's hierarchy, then to pave the way for conquest of his native land of China.

He is pursued by Commissioner Sir Denis Nayland Smith and his compatriot Dr. Petrie, the narrator of these fast-paced, mood-drenched adventures.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
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  • Category: Classic crime
  • ISBN: 9780857686039

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A good story, though a trifle hard to read at times, do to the overt racism against the "yellow menace". Setting that aside, Dr. Fun Manchu is one heck of a villain - cunning, smart, and slippery as heck! Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie, along with Inspector Weymouth try hard to best him, but to no avail. I liked all the characters, along with the potential love interest Karamaneh, but the Dr. stands tall among them! He is their intellectual superior, and an expert in poisons, drugs, fungi, and bacilli, with the ability to come and go as he pleases! The story, and the style, remind me of Bram Stoker's Dracula, and the adversarial nature of the characters is reminiscent of another doctor, Sherlock Holmes. Still, the racist nature of the narrative does give me pause as to how I feel overall about the book. I leave it to you to decide for yourself!