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Charlie Chan: Five Complete Novels (Charlie Chan #1-4, 6 omnibus)

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Charlie Chan, the imperturbably ingenious detective with impressive powers of deduction, solves five bizarre mysteries.
Hardcover, 713 pages
Published December 12th 1988 by Random House Value Publishing
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Bobby Underwood
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have always maintained that Earl Derr Biggers’ blend of romanticism and mystery is second to none. In this big book, which I’ve owned for ages — as well as various individual editions of the stories in both hardback and paperback — Charlie Chan’s five best cases bear that out, in my opinion. Biggers was almost on a par with M.M. Kaye in regard to lovely descriptive prose — at least within a mystery setting. That is on grand display here, and no more so than in the first one, The House Without ...more
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This has only five of Earl Derr Biggers’ engrossing six Charlie Chan novels (“Charlie Chan Carries On,” the 5th novle, is missing). The first book brings us Chan as a background character, but he quickly develops to a prominent role. (If Americans were such xenophobes, how could a Chinese character be so popular in the US?) The delightful character—an Easternized version of his creator, not much like the picture in the book cover—is only introduced to readers on page 37 of Biggers’ first book “T ...more
Jul 28, 2009 rated it liked it
These novels surprised me. I guess the old movies made me think that these books would be really awful, but the puzzles are fairly intricate, the descriptive writing is quite good. They are, of course, very much of their time - the 1920s. I guess I never realized that they were mostly (at least these five novels are) based primarily in Honolulu or San Francisco with diversions to Tahoe and the desert. At least none of these five novels includes Charlie's son, which is one of the things that the ...more
Dan Adams
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dan by: Gayle Delcorso
Author Earl Derr Biggers certainly knows all of the ingredients in their proper proportions to create and serve up an interesting character in Charlie Chan and six sumptuous, stylized mysteries that will leave the reader completely satisfied yet wanting more!
Richard Schwindt
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charlie Chan is wise, mature; a loving father and a great detective. He is respected wherever he goes by the people who count, notwithstanding occasional racists. This collection stands on its own. The quality of writing is better than most writing today, the characters engaging and the settings varied. I particularly enjoyed "The Chinese Parrot" for the Western setting and the cast, including the arrogant millionaire with a big secret, the wise doctor (a woman physician in the 1920's) and a ter ...more
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
When I was young, I watched a lot of Charlie Chan movies on TV. They were pretty racist and his sons were always in the way "trying" to help. So, I didn't expect much from the novels.

Surprisingly, the novels, while still racist, weren't nearly as bad as the movies. In this series of books, his sons were pretty much out of the picture. But 5 Charlie Chan novels in a row was too much for me. It will be quite some time before I read another.
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A five-in-one book
©1926, 1953, 1981

Book 2. "The Chinese Parrot," (pp153-296, 22 chapters)
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a LOT of fun! Especially if you've the movies.
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Earl Derr Biggers was born in Warren, Ohio on August 24, 1884. Years later, while attending Harvard University, Biggers showed little passion for the classics, preferring instead writers such as Rudyard Kipling and Richard Harding Davis. Following his graduation from Harvard in 1907, he worked briefly for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and at Bobbs-Merrill publishers. By 1908, Biggers was hired at the ...more
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