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By Sax Rohmer | Comments: ( 564 ) | Date: ( May 29, 2020 )

London, 1913 the era of Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and the Invisible Man A time of shadows, secret societies, and dens filled with opium addicts Into this world comes the most fantastic emissary of evil society has ever known Dr Fu Manchu Denis Nayland Smith pursues his quarry across continents and through the back alleys of London As victim after victim disappears atLondon, 1913 the era of Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and the Invisible Man A time of shadows, secret societies, and dens filled with opium addicts Into this world comes the most fantastic emissary of evil society has ever known Dr Fu Manchu Denis Nayland Smith pursues his quarry across continents and through the back alleys of London As victim after victim disappears at the hands of the Devil Doctor, Smith must unravel his murderous plot before it is too late Includes a special feature by Leslie S Kilnger

  • Title: The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu
  • Author: Sax Rohmer
  • ISBN: 9780857686039
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Sax Rohmer

AKA 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 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.

Comments The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu

  • BillKerwin

    I like this book, but I feel a little guilty about it. It's not just that it is permeated with orientalist attitudes, but that it makes those attitudes seem less quaint and more sinister because they are reinforced here by blatant racism. It is bad enough that the villain embodies the malevolent cunning of The Inscrutable East, but it is much worse when the hero is repeatedly described as the "savior of the white race."To appreciate the book as I do--even if you feel guilty about it--it is helpf [...]

  • Alex

    "The most brilliant criminal mind to have existed in generations!" is how our Asian Moriarty is breathlessly described in this shameless Sherlock Holmes ripoff, featuring a doctor sidekick narrating an adventure in which the protagonist is his brilliant detectiveish friend. The problem with hyperbole is that you have to back it up. Conan Doyle is great at this. There's this fine line: you want to leave the reader unable, usually, to solve the mystery, but when you do the big reveal at the end yo [...]

  • Mike

    The review from afar – No. 9Re-revised forward to these overseas reviews:As I emulate a yo-yo, I continue to rely on an 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.The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu (American title, in England, The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu) begins the most famous series created by the prolific Sax Rohmer (nee’ Arthur Henry Ward). Rohmer was [...]

  • MB Taylor

    I finished reading The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu last Friday on the way home from work. It’s the first book I read on my Nook; I downloaded it for free from Google. I think I first read the Fu Manchu series sometime in the mid-seventies (or at least first eight). Of course I bought them all, and the remaining six are sitting unread on a shelf (or in a box) someplace.First, about the edition: According to the text in the book Google scanned a hard copy from some library, converted to text using O [...]

  • Nawfal

    First published in 1913, read by me over 100 years later in 2014. Yes, there are overwhelming amounts of Orientalism and obnoxious English stereotyping. For example, Dr. Fu Manchu is always the face of the "yellow threat." So the novel displays the xenophobia of the age. However, it does present a mysterious, exotic villain. The main characters are constantly failing on this adventurous chase to arrest Dr. Fu Manchu, but they do hustle the reader along in non-stop exploits of hasty detective wor [...]

  • K.T. Katzmann

    To a student a literature, there are classics of older times for which allowances that must be made to understand the cultural in which they were written.And then there's The Insidious Dr. Fu ManchuThe story is simple enough. Knock-off Sherlock Holmes (henceforth KOSH) returns from Asia, informing Knock-Off of Doctor Watson (henceforth KODW) of the threat of . . .Well, he doesn't really say, honestly. KOSH just pulls KODW through an entire adventure, occasionally mentioning someone named Fu Manc [...]

  • CAW

    My handful of regular followers will think I've gone quite mad. This is a bad, bad bookbut there is more than one way to read a novel, and a certain difference between 'so bad paint drying supervisory duty is a more fulfilling experience' and 'so far beyond bad it's somehow crossed back around to Awesome again'.As I read it, this is the story about a secret agent/mad scientist of slightly-above average intelligence and the two bungling detectives who try to foil him. Indeed, Agent Smith and Dr. [...]

  • Lorena

    I came across an old copy of this in my library's stacks. I'm a sucker for old mysteries, and obviously knew of this one by reputation, but let's just say I was still unprepared for the horrific racism and sexism in this book. The plot is very exciting long as you are prepared to accept at face value that the fate of the White Race is on the line at the hands of the sinister Chinese, and to read a great deal of pretty outrageous accusations and characterizations along these lines. Should probabl [...]

  • Tony

    THE INSIDIOUS DR. FU-MANCHU. (1913). Sax Rohmer. ****. The four-star rating is just a way of sneakingly make you want to give this novel a try. It is important in the development of the mystery/thriller genres. If you do read it, you might even be tempted to watch some of the mediocre films adapted from the books. SoSax Rohmer (1883-1959) was an English writer who wrote in a variety of genres, but is mostly remembered for his Fu Manchu books. His real name was Arthur Henry Saxfield Ward, a name [...]

  • Arun Divakar

    The two British protagonists of this book are extreme racists. Speaking through the mouths of these two, the author employs almost every possible racial slur against the Chinese. Anything remotely related to China or Asia are right away branded as evil and objects of suspicion. That’s the most in-your-face fact about the story of Dr. Fu Manchu. Any thought about this book from me could not proceed unless I had put these into words out here. Sax Rohmer’s story is a celebration of villainy wit [...]

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room

    Sax Rohmer has been called “the true king of the pulp mystery” (James Rollins) and in my personal view, Rohmer is pulp’s crowning achievement (and achiever). As a child in the 1950’s and 60’s, I loved his Fu-Manchu mysteries, and I love them still on rereading after many decades. They seem fresh and new, and still gloriously written, plotted, and characterized. Titan Books has done the literate world the enormous favour of reprinting Rohmer’s series, with two currently available and [...]

  • Leothefox

    For better or worse, this provocative relic has become one of my favorite books. Rohmer invested his writing with an irresistible pulpy energy which borrows some of the superficial trappings of Doyle's Holmes and improves upon them. Anybody looking for fact or cultural accuracy shouldn't be reading this because it's in fact a grand fantasy, a work of high imagination. This book's loaded with opium dens, clever executions, disguises, chases, and even finds time for a romance. I can't resist this [...]

  • Damond

    I thoroughly enjoy reading older novels like this. They are not only entertaining, but I consider them to be fascinating records of their time. You really get to see how things have changed over time, not only with how words are spoken, but what more insensitive words and phrases were used as appropriate back then. This is especially true in a book like this, written and set in London in 1913 and deals with a villain from a foreign land like China. Words like "Chinaman," "Oriental" and "Yellow M [...]

  • Bill

    This is Sax Rohmer's first book featuring the nefarious Dr. Fu Manchu, evil genius and threat to the West. The book was originally published as a series of tales in various magazines in the early 1900's. In 1913, it was published in its current form. The story is fast paced and often somewhat hurky-jerky. It follows Dennis Smith and his friend, Dr. Petrie as the track Fu-Manchu around London trying to stop Fu-Manchu as he tries to kill or kidnap important British scientists and engineers or thei [...]

  • Jack Massa

    Episodic and moderately entertaining yarn (or yarns) pitting Edwardian British Government agent Nayland Smith and his cohort, friend and narrator, Dr. Petrie, against the master criminal "yellow peril personified" Dr. Fu Manchu. Fu Manchu himself is the most interesting character, and his varied and ingenious ways of facilitating murder in inaccessible locales and locked rooms the most entertaining tropes. It was also amusing to read a thriller actually written in this era (circa 1913) depicting [...]

  • Sandy

    It's amazing how much action Sax Rohmer crams into this short, 192-page book. In it, Commissioner Nayland Smith and his cohort, Dr. Petrie, travel around London trying to rescue various chaps from murder, kidnapping, memory loss and assorted attacks perpetrated by the evil Chinese mastermind, Dr. Fu Manchu. The pace of the book is quite breathless, and before all is said and done, we have dealt with poisonous centipedes, opium dens, trapdoors, memory drugs, mummies, poison gas, thugees and dacoi [...]

  • Jayaprakash Satyamurthy

    I know that these are supposed to be terribly politically incorrect, and there is a fair bit of racial typing happening here, but Fu Manchu is a brilliant fictional creation. Rohmer's prose is vivid and his sense of pacing is excellent, as is his flair for the weird. There are moments of pure horror on display here, as well as sequences of action that left me feeling as winded as if I were actually there. That's good thriller writing, and Rohmer's novels deserve to be remembered for their contin [...]

  • Marts(Thinker)

    Nayland Smith arrives unannounced from Burma at the house of his friend Dr. Petrie; follow them through their daring adventures as Smith attempts to capture the evil genius and murderer, Dr. Fu-Manchu

  • Grace

    A fun read, but very dated. The book is VERY 19th century/early 20th century British in its language, storytelling method, and theme. It's rather racist by today's standards, so keep that in mind as you read it. It's a good story, though, and Fu Manchu is a formidable villain. I've watched a couple of the Fu Manchu movies that have been made over the years (one from the early 1930s, one from the 1960s) and both films were rather corny. This book, even though it's melodramatic and racist, was muc [...]

  • Bobby

    Surprisingly entertaining pulp novel from 1915. Not quite sure why I picked this up at the library, but at least it's something outside of my fairly narrow wheelhouse. If you're reading this you probably already know that the portrayal of pretty much every Asian person in this book is laughably racist. One can only hope there was some unsung Chinese writer back in the day who wrote mystery stories about unsavory and untrustworthy Englishmen.

  • Rozzer

    For every single work of lasting literary value (in anyone's eyes) there must be at least a thousand volumes of easier material not requiring so much work on the part of the reader. Which is by no means to say that such "easier material" does not from time to time throw up its own classics read again and again by all subsequent generations. But the vast majority of such (what can I say?) playground lit, literary fast food, undemanding eye fodder pretty much dies after a generation or so, after h [...]

  • Bev

    I just had me a nice little dose of déjà vu. Earlier this year I read Sax Rohmer's The Golden Scorpion. And now I have finished The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu. And it was like reading the same pulpy, cliff-hanger, Yellow Peril story all over again. Evil, all-powerful, Chinese master criminal bent on world conquest with ominous green eyes? Check. Leaving behind a trail of murdered experts in their field? Check. Beautiful, mysterious, woman who is strangely enslaved to the evil master criminal, but [...]

  • Scott

    Homicidal fungus, scent-seeking noxious centipedes, dacoits in the eaves, thugs, trap doors, sarcophagi exhaling fatal fumes, and a whole pharmacopoeia of deadly draughts and decoctions are the lethal tools of Dr. Fu-Manchu's insidious trade. His goal – nothing less than the complete subjugation of the white race!Sax Rohmer's pulp fiction thriller The Insidious Dr.-Fu Manchu (1913) is an imperialist's nightmare: the hordes of the East seek to reverse centuries of malign Western exploitation. T [...]

  • Jeff

    This book is a collection of short detective stories involving the villain Fu Manchu. I find it interesting that the name of the villain is well know and not the name of the detective in the series.There is a reason for that though. Sax Rohmer certainly tried to follow the Conan Doyle mode with a brilliant deductive detective, physician assistant and brilliant adversary such as Moriarity Sax Rohmer just doesn't have the skill to pull it off. The author is really quite good at inventive plots and [...]

  • Emily Chen

    While I'm surprised that this book has such high ratings, I found that if I was willing to overlook the racist and sexist, the characters and storyline were more or less engaging. That said, it was definitely hard to ignore the stereotypes that are rampant throughout the book; like the movie, there is a clear polarization of the characters in that Fu Manchu is evil through and through, whereas Petrie represents all that is civilized and good. I was particularly intrigued by Karamaneh's storyline [...]

  • Ailish

    Nayland Smith, freshly arrived from Burma, draws his friend Dr Petrie into a series of adventures as they try to forestall the plans of the criminal mastermind and murderer, Dr Fu Manchu. His henchmen are armed to the teeth with knives and guns, but Dr Fu Manchu disguises his crimes by killing his victims in cunning and mysterious ways. There's a lot less ratiocination in this book than in the Sherlock Holmes stories, and Smith and Petrie are no real match for the evil Doctor, although they slow [...]

  • Douglas Lord

    This here is some crazy bookage. Rohmer’s Fu-Manchu mysteries are even older than Agatha Christie—so old that this first in a series of 13 was written as a serial for newspapers about 100 years ago. In classic pulp akin to (and reductive of) Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, Rohmer’s Denis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie are London-based heroes facing off against one of the first supervillains—Dr. Fu-Manchu, leader of the worldwide conspiracy called the “Yellow Peril.” In [...]

  • William Stafford

    I have no qualms about the baddie being Chinese - there's good and bad in every race but what I find objectionable in this book, first published in 1913, are the blatantly racist remarks about 'the yellow race', 'the yellow peril' and the supposed superiority of 'the white race'. I know people thought differently back then so I take it with a pinch of soy sauce and try not to let it mar my enjoyment of the adventure.There is mystery and action aplenty as proto-James Bond Nayland Smith and his si [...]

  • The Murderist

    The Good: Fu Manchu is a fantastic villain; every moment he is onstage is a delight. Rohmer's complete ignorance of Asia and its people make for some hilarious (albeit racist) characterizations. The Bad: The book is obviously an assemblage of short stories; this leads to poor narrative flow and repetitious exposition. There is little "mystery" to the proceedings as most of Fu Manchu's exotic threats are imaginary. The heroes are uniformly bland.The Ugly: The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu is rife with [...]

  • S J

    Ahh, the Chinee. So inscrutable; so very insidious.Make no mistake, dear reader: this is no Holmes "rip-off". No, sir - this is a devastatingly brilliant tale of suspense, intrigue and cunning as original as the author's name.You will be spellbound! Captivated by the diabolical wickedness of the eponymous villain as he personifies the Yellow Peril that we now see emerging clearly today. Never again will you nod approvingly at a Calisthenics group in your local park. Harmless? Peaceful folk on a [...]

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