Fifty Candles (Expanded Edition)

Fifty Candles (Expanded Edition)

by Earl Derr Biggers
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Fifty Candles (Expanded Edition) by Earl Derr Biggers

Fifty Candles -- first published just two years after a 1919 vacation in Hawaii -- shows how Hawaii, China, and murder had already begun to come together in Biggers' imagination; eventually he would create the character Charlie Chan.

The story starts in a courthouse in Honolulu, moves to China, then to fog-shrouded San Francisco. Many of the elements used in the Charlie Chan series are present: Chinese characters (both sinister and sympathetic), the Honolulu legal system, a shrewd detective (in this case, the lawyer Mark Drew rather than a policemen), and a baffling murder complete with red herrings and plenty of suspects.

Although "Fifty Candles" is a murder mystery, it is also a romance, with the romantic elements at times in the forefront. Mostly, though, it is a book that will delight Biggers' many fans as they trace the origins of Charlie Chan.

This special expanded edition includes John Betancourt's introduction from the 2001 paperback edition, plus a bonus short story, "The Way to the Island" -- a long-lost tale!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012630155
Publisher: Wildside Press
Publication date: 02/04/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 96 KB

About the Author

Earl Derr Biggers (1884-1933) is best remembered as the creator of Chinese detective Charlie Chan, whose long-running series of exploits (portrayed in the movies first by Warner Oland and later Sidney Toler) made him a world-famous character from the 1930s to the 1950s. At the height of the series, Charlie Chan was nearly on par with Sherlock Holmes ... and he spawned such Oriental detective imitators as Mr. Moto and Mr. Wong.

Biggers had always been interested in mystery fiction, but his interest in Hawaii clearly stems from a 1919 vacation in Honolulu. While there, he read a newspaper article on a Chinese detective named Chang Apana. Apana would become the model for Charlie Chan in Biggers' 1925 novel, "The House Without a Key," and there quickly followed five more Charlie Chan novels.

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