An omnibus edition of the "Charlies Chan" detective stories of Earl Derr Biggers. This volume contains the following books:
1. The House Without a Key
2. The Chinese Parrot
3. Behind that Curtain
4. The Black Camel
5. Charlie Chan Carries On
6. Keeper of the Keys
If your view of Charlie Chan comes from the dozens of very
bad, semi-comic movies made in the 1940s and 50s, then read these books and you're in for a pleasant surprise. The books have extremely well-crafted plots ("The Chinese Parrot" is my personal favourite) and are well worth reading.
Chan, the first Chinese detective in literature, was modeled after Chang Apana, a real-life police detective in Honolulu.
EDIT: 11 Jun 07
The 5th book in the series, "Charlie Chan Carries On", has now appeared on PG Australia so, as promised, I've added it to the omnibus and uploaded v2. Although it says it's an "Abridged Edition" I think, looking at the file size, that the abridgement is minor. Obviously if an "unabridged" version appears, I'll replace it.
EDIT: 21 May 08
Recreated the omnibus with much improved layout and formatting, to fix a problem with poor layout and incorrect paragraph breaks. Now a proper MobiPocket book with library information, working navigation links, and a cover image. Uploaded v3.
EDIT: 22 May 09
MR user "Bones" has been kind enough to supply an unabridged version of "Charlie Chan Carries On" so, as promised, here's a new version of the omnibus with the unabridged version of that book. The new version is about a third longer than the previous, abridged, version of the book. Uploaded v4.
EDIT: 3 Mar 10
Cleaned up the HTML code. Minor formatting improvements. Added a new cover image. Uploaded v5.
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