President Fu-manchu

President Fu-manchu

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Fu-Manchu journeys to the United States for the first time, and is the power behind a "League of Good Americans" candidate for the presidency. From Niagara Falls to the catacombs of NY's Chinatown, Nayland Smith and federal agent Mark Hepburn seek to stop the Devil Doctor and his plan to assassinate a presidential candidate - 30 years before The Manchurian Candidate!

BONUS FEATURE: This volume includes the first of three "lost adventures of Nayland Smith". "The Blue Monkey," follows Smith and Petrie as they become embroiled in a murder investigation in Dartmoor. It appeared in Rohmer's 1920 book of short fiction, The Haunting of Low Fennel, and has only previously been included with the Fu-Manchu stories in France and Belgium.
Publisher: London, : Titan Books, 2014
ISBN: 9780857686107
Branch Call Number: FICTION Rohmer 2014
Characteristics: 336 p. : ill., 21 cm
Alternative Title: Fu-manchu


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Jan 15, 2015

"You are selling your country. Your hardships are being exploited in the interests of an alien financial genius who plans to control the United States. And do you know the nationality of the man? He is a Chinaman!"
I'm a big fan of pulp, but, unfortunately, many pulp writers (Burroughs, Lovecraft, Haggard) were fans of ethnic and racial stereotypes. Granted, they were just channeling the spirit of the times, but it does occasionally make for queasy reading. The English writer Sax Rohmer created one of the great 20th century villains, a descendant of Holmes's nemesis Moriarty and a precursor to the evil geniuses of countless movies, Fu-Manchu was devious, brilliant, and Chinese, an embodiment of the "Yellow Peril." Titan books has been reissuing the series with new covers and essays. Filmed many times, but most notably with Boris Karloff in the title role.


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