Behind That Curtain (Charlie Chan)

Behind That Curtain (Charlie Chan)

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by Earl Derr Biggers
     
 

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Behind That Curtain (1928) is the third novel in the Charlie Chan series of mystery novels by Earl Derr Biggers.

It is set almost exclusively in California (as opposed to Chan's native Hawaii), and tells the story of the former head of Scotland Yard, a detective who is pursuing the long-cold trail of a murderer. Fifteen years ago, a London solicitor was killed in

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Behind That Curtain (1928) is the third novel in the Charlie Chan series of mystery novels by Earl Derr Biggers.

It is set almost exclusively in California (as opposed to Chan's native Hawaii), and tells the story of the former head of Scotland Yard, a detective who is pursuing the long-cold trail of a murderer. Fifteen years ago, a London solicitor was killed in circumstances in which the only clue was a pair of Chinese slippers, which he apparently donned just before his death. Sir Frederic Bruce has been following the trail of the killer ever since. He has also been interested in what appears to be a series of disappearing women around the world, which has some connection to the disappearance of a woman named Eve Durand in rural India also fifteen years ago. Just when it seems he might finally solve the murder case, at a dinner party to which a number of important and mysterious guests have been invited, Inspector Bruce is killed - and was last seen wearing a pair of Chinese slippers, which have vanished. It is left to Chan to solve the case and tie up all loose ends. (wikipedia.org)

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ISBN-13:
9781604445336
Publisher:
IndoEuropeanPublishing
Publication date:
06/12/2011
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

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Behind That Curtain 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Set in San Francisco, this is the third of six books in the Charlie Chan series. The most interesting characters are a thoroughly liberated female lawyer and a famous British explorer. Chan's strong suits are his infinite patience and dogged attention to detail. He brings order out of chaos while operating in a simpler world. As a bonus we get not only a neat solution to the crimes but also two promising romances at the end. This is a story designed to leave the reader feeling good about the human condition.
HonoluLou More than 1 year ago
...in my humble opinion this novel, the third of Biggers' Charlie Chan books, has everything and contains the most Mystique of the 6 Chan novels. Sir Frederick Bruce, a retired Scotland Yard inspector, is murdered, Charlie is trying desperately to sail back to the islands and his family, A female lawyer-District Attorney who's unsure of herself and bullies Charlie into taking the case, and an unsolved murder from decades earlier! And this is the first novel where Biggers begins to include more of the wonderful "aphorisms" Detective Chan is famous for, after probably realizing his public "demands and loves" them! And some are deliciously, politically incorrect as the time they were written (1928): "Women were not made for heavy thinking, but should decorate scenery like blossom of the plum". Biggers' first two novels only contained four and three aphorisms, respectively; while "Behind That Curtain" has no less than 21! So enter the world of our oriental sleuth as he matches with Scotland Yard, and a murderer who will stop at nothing! Curl up in your favorite armchair and enter the world of Charlie Chan...you won't be sorry. Thank you so much.
autodraw More than 1 year ago
This book, the third in the series I think is the best so far. With some series books the author changes the location (where the story is taking place) and sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't. I wasn't as fond of the 2nd book 'The chinese Parrot' because of the location. This book fits in just where I would expect Charlie Chan to be.