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The Dream Detective

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Ten stories featuring perhaps the most fantastic sleuth of them all: Moris Klaw, the Dream Detective. Accompanied by his beautiful daughter Isis, Klaw's mysterious abilities lead him to clues and answers concerning occult occurrances far beyond the ken of ordinary minds.
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Published 1966 by Pyramid (first published 1920)
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Bill  Kerwin

The plots of the individual stories are commonplace, and the Orientalist stereotypes will seem absurd to most contemporary readers and offensive to more than a few, but Rohmer's extraordinary readability, fully equal to his model Conan Doyle, plus his knowledgeable enthusiam for "exotic" cultures compensate for these deficiencies.

What makes "The Dream Detective" memorable, however, are the distinctive characteristics of detective Moris Klaw, the alluring presence of his daughter Isis, and their...more
Psychic or occult detective stories enjoyed a considerable vogue towards the end of the 19th century and for the first quarter of the 20th. The best-known are William Hope Hodgson’s Carnacki the ghost finder and Algernon Blackwood’s John Silence stories. There were also the Flaxman Low stories of Hesketh V. Prichard (1876-1922) and Kate O'Brien Prichard. And there was also Sax Rohmer’s The Dream Detective.

Published in 1925, The Dream Detective recounts ten cases in the career of Moris Klaw. Klaw...more
сборник небольших рассказов, до того публиковавшийся в течение нескольких лет в журналах, вышел отдельной книгой в заявленном году, став, наверное, самым странным творением детективистской мысли, где присутствует многообразный декаданс, но логическое построение, свойственное классической архитектонике детективного происшествия, отсутствует практически напрочь.

хотя – нет, так было бы совсем уж несправедливо: утверждать, что в детективах отсутствует детектив – это не совсем соответствовало бы ист...more
Moris Klaw, the blind detective with extra-sensory powers, is one of Sax Rohmer's more colorful creations -- heck, ALL Rohmer's creations were colorful! I enjoyed this book, as improbable as the premise may seem.
I first read Sax Rohmer’s The Dream -Detective in the late 1970s, when I was in my twenties. It was a Dover reprint of the 1926 edition, though the book itself came out in 1920. Before rereading it, I remembered it as enchanting. And, in some ways, it still is. The character of Moris Klaw is simply unforgettable. Here’s a description of him from the first episode of the book, “Tragedies in the Greek Room:”

“A very old man who carried his years lightly, or a younger man prematurely aged. None coul...more
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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 fu...more
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