Earl Derr Biggers' classic detective Charlie Chan investigates a cult called the Temple of the Golden Horde, which may be involved in murder! This short novel, by Edgar Award nominee Michael Collins, originally appeared in Charlie Chan Mystery Magazine in 1974. This is the first book publication. Features a new introduction by the author.
Hardcover, 128 pages
March 1st 2003
by Borgo Press
(first published May 1st 1974)
Though an interesting story, the author's attempt at politically correcting the character of Charlie Chan has left him with a dry, boring personality. Besides, since the 1970's when this work was written, some of it is still politically incorrect. Mr. Collins should have left the famous detective to be himself and continued with the tradition of Earl Derr Biggers' original inspector from Honolulu.
Michael Collins was a Pseudonym of Dennis Lynds (1924–2005), a renowned author of mystery fiction. Raised in New York City, he earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart during World War II, before returning to New York to become a magazine editor. He published hisLibrarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information. (4)Mysteries
Michael Collins was a Pseudonym of Dennis Lynds (1924–2005), a renowned author of mystery fiction. Raised in New York City, he earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart during World War II, before returning to New York to become a magazine editor. He published his first book, a war novel called Combat Soldier, in 1962, before moving to California to write for television.
Two years later Collins published the Edgar Award–winning Act of Fear (1967), which introduced his best-known character: the one-armed private detective Dan Fortune. The Fortune series would last for more than a dozen novels, spanning three decades, and is credited with marking a more politically aware era in private-eye fiction. Besides the Fortune novels, the incredibly prolific Collins wrote science fiction, literary fiction, and several other mystery series. He died in Santa Barbara in 2005.