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Book Title: Bat Wing|
The author of the book: Sax Rohmer
Date of issue: March 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9781603121385
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The review from afar – No. 16
Re-revised forward to these overseas reviews:
Since emulating a yo-yo, I continue to rely on the old-style Kindle 3G for any non-technical reading. I tip my hat to the fine folks at Project Gutenberg: virtually every title I have or will be reading in the near future comes from them.
Bat-Wing is the second novel published (by a month or so, but the first for the character) starring Mr. Paul Harley, private investigator. Also written in 1921 it takes place entirely within England. In it we see Harley and his companion and confidant doing a standard Holmes-and-Watson routine with the Watson stand-in providing the usual narration.
For this tale Rohmer turns his attention not to the Orient, but to the Americas. His evil comes from those rites and forces that we call voodoo. While it doesn’t have the showiness of the Bond flick, he builds up the importance and terror slowly and implacably as the story develops.
The heart of the story is set in the English countryside where a foreign recluse lives next to (well, nearby on an adjacent plot) the only other people within miles who also came from the same island home. (Our evil protagonist isn’t an islander, but he lived there for decades.) There is a surfeit of suspects, more than a few red herrings, the bumbling associate, and an almost criminally inept police force. In classical English detective style, Harley understands what others see but do not and gets to the truth beneath a bitter act of vengeance.
This is probably the better written and more interesting of the two Harley novels. First because it does employ the Holmes-and-Watson shtick (but it is not a pastiche, at least not in the usual sense) and second because the mystery is a better one. (I also liked the poor fool who is set up to take the fall.) Certainly it is the one I liked better. I enjoyed watching Harley at work much in the same way I enjoy the World’s Greatest Consulting Detective. Oh, and it has the three “Vs”: Voodoo, Vengeance, and Vampire Bats!
Three and one-half (3.5) well-earned Stars.
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Read information about the authorAKA Arthur Sarsfield Ward (real name); Michael Furey.
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.
Born in Birmingham to a working class family, Rohmer initially pursued a career as a civil servant before concentrating on writing full-time.
He worked as a poet, songwriter, and comedy sketch writer in Music Hall before creating the Sax Rohmer persona and pursuing a career writing weird fiction.
Like his contemporaries Algernon Blackwood and Arthur Machen, Rohmer claimed membership to one of the factions of the qabbalistic Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Rohmer also claimed ties to the Rosicrucians, but the validity of his claims has been questioned. His physician and family friend, Dr. R. Watson Councell may have been his only legitimate connection to such organizations. It is believed that Rohmer may have exaggerated his association in order to boost his literary reputation as an occult writer.
His first published work came in 1903, when the short story The Mysterious Mummy was sold to Pearson's Weekly. He gradually transitioned from writing for Music Hall performers to concentrating on short stories and serials for magazine publication. In 1909 he married Rose Elizabeth Knox.
He published his first novel Pause! anonymously in 1910. After penning Little Tich in 1911 (as ghostwriter for the Music Hall entertainer) he issued the first Fu Manchu novel, The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu, was serialized from October 1912 - 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, and The Crime Magnet—made Rohmer one of the most successful and well-paid authors of the 1920s and 1930s.
Rohmer also wrote several novels of supernatural horror, including Brood of the Witch-Queen. Rohmer was very poor at managing his wealth, however, and made several disastrous business decisions that hampered him throughout his career. His final success came with a series of novels featuring a female variation on Fu Manchu, Sumuru.
After World War II, the Rohmers moved to New York only returning to London shortly before his death. Rohmer died in 1959 due to an outbreak of influenza ("Asian Flu").
There were thirteen books in the Fu Manchu series in all (not counting the posthumous The Wrath of Fu Manchu. The Sumuru series consist of five books.
His wife published her own mystery novel, Bianca in Black in 1954 under the pen name, Elizabeth Sax Rohmer. Some editions of the book mistakenly credit her as Rohmer's daughter. Elizabeth Sax Rohmer and Cay Van Ash, her husband's former assistant, wrote a biography of the author, Master of Villainy, published in 1972.
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