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The third novel in the Charlie Chan series. Fifteen years ago, a London solicitor was killed in circumstances in which the only clue was a pair of Chinese slippers, which he apparen The third novel in the Charlie Chan series. 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Charlie Chan 3. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Behind That Curtain , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Perhaps only M. Kaye blended the two as perfectly as Biggers. His greatest creation, Charlie Chan, is in romantic San Francisco in Behind That Curtain, but he can feel the trade winds of Hawaii calling him back to Honolulu for the birth of his eleventh child.
Yet the romance of a misty San Francisco filled with the Orient beckon him to remain long enough to solve a crime. B "The moment has charm. Bill Rankin is the reporter bringing the visiting sleuth from Honolulu, together with Scotland Yard's, Sir Frederic Bruce, to write a feature based on their exploits.
But it is Frederic's regrets in connection with an unsolved murder, and the seemingly unrelated disappearance of Eve Durand from India nearly 15 years prior, that haunt their conversation. Barry Kirk and the pretty young D. There are as many suspects to ponder over as there are mysterious clues.
But which is that elusive "essential clue" so beloved by Scotland Yard? Charlie initially wants no part in the investigation. Only once onboard the S. Maui does Charlie overhear a conversation which has him rushing down the gangplank to join Barry and June. Captain Flannery's methods, however, are as heavy-handed as Charlie's are subtle.
Charlie discovers evidence of two other missing young women, and suspects a possible connection to yet another unsolved murder. How does a world famous adventurer fit into the picture? Are the slippers the essential clue, or something else? In the end, of course, our favorite detective from the Islands realizes the clue has been there all along. Behind That Curtain has so much atmosphere it washes over the reader like a sudden rain shower. San Francisco during the '20s is alive with cable cars, and quaint bungalows for shelter from the rain, beneath the delicate pen of Earl Derr Biggers.
Dark passages and murder do exist in Biggers's mysteries, but he always allows the elegant Chan to guide us away from danger, and towards romance. There is an innocence to the romance between Barry and June indicative of another time, as is the writing style of Biggers. Both Biggers and his creation, Charlie Chan, are at the top of their game here, funny and wise.
The final scenes hold humor and a dash of romance. Behind That Curtain offers one of the most charming endings of any entry in the Charlie Chan canon. A must read for those who like their mysteries very old-fashioned, and a bit on the romantic side. View all 6 comments. Sep 30, Sam Bissell rated it it was amazing. I was mesmerized by the famous detective, both for his incredibly interesting sleuthing skills and the fact that all of the stories are set in the 's. Consequently, as you read through his storytelling, you are transported to a completely different land of enchantment and mystery with, as always, more than one suspect to keep Charlie hot on multiple trails!
This book takes place in San Francisco shortly after the action in the previous book, The Chinese Parrot, which took place in the burgeoning area of Palm Springs. In this tale, nearly all of the action takes place at a dinner party, where an old friend of Charlie's, Chief Inspector Sir Frederic Bruce of Scotland Yard is murdered in an office a flight down from the party. Sir Frederic was on the tail of his own culprit and had his own clues that he was tracking down, which he manages to divulge to Charlie before his demise!
Off on the trail goes our Charlie, along with a bumbling San Francisco detective, who is put on the case. Along for the ride, Charlie can hardly resist a challenge from a beautiful, intelligent woman like June Morrow, deputy district attorney and the lawyer in charge of prosecuting Sir Frederic's murder, as well as a steely eyed international explorer, other members of Scotland Yard, a rich charming American and his equally rich aunt, the requisite suspicious butler and a handful of other period types.
It seems that Biggers deliberately filled the tale with as many stereotypical murder mystery characters as possible. Unlike previous tales, which take place out and about in the areas where they are set early s Honolulu in the first story and later s Palm Springs in the second , this one takes place almost entirely in a closed apartment in San Francisco in the early s.
Still, it matters not that we are stuck in an apartment that is connected to an office one level down, the mysterious atmosphere is still imparted through the imagined dress of our perpetrators, who are almost entirely rich snobs. Biggers does a good job presenting and nurturing his red herrings while allowing the evidence to unfold. The test of a well-written mystery is that the reader, by paying attention can solve it before the entire mystery is revealed.
In Behind that Curtain, it is just possible to guess "whodunit", but there is a difference between guessing the solution and having the evidence. As I have suggested to others, having read the entire series already, you would do yourself a favor to read the entire set of 6 books. Each one has something else to show you and the amount of Charlie Chan witticisms that we all know and spout like Confucius are absolutely endless!
Oct 10, Susan rated it liked it Shelves: mystery-california. Sir Frederic Bruce tells a luncheon party about two crimes that Scotland Yard never solved--the murder of a lawyer, and the disappearance, in India, of a beautiful young woman.
When Bruce is murdered after a dinner party, there are several women in attendance who just might be the missing woman.
Sep 28, Michele bookloverforever rated it really liked it Shelves: classic-mystery. I'm a Charlie Chan addict. May 19, Paul Cornelius rated it it was amazing Shelves: literature-americanth-century. By far the best mystery yet of the three Charlie Chan novels I have read.
And not only the mystery. Even the perspective of the book is thrown in doubt and then tossed into the air repeatedly. As with the first two books, I expected the main protagonist to be yet another White man, with Charlie working behind the scenes.
But Behind That Curtain changes things up quite a bit. At first, it seems as if this is the story of Bill Rankin, the reporter. But Rankin quickly disappears into the background By far the best mystery yet of the three Charlie Chan novels I have read. But Rankin quickly disappears into the background.
Then, we're introduced to Barry Kirk. The typical hero of the first two novels—a wealthy socialite in pursuit of a reluctant young woman. But, no, that doesn't work out either. Then, just for a second, it seems as if we're centering in on the young woman, Asst. June Morrow. But not really. Yes, it seems, finally, that it's Charlie Chan who is driving the action.
And that is mostly true, although Kirk and Morrow continue to have their moments.
He is remembered primarily for his novels, especially those featuring the fictional Chinese American detective Charlie Chan , from which popular films were made in the United States and China. The son of Robert J. He worked as a journalist for The Plain Dealer before turning to fiction. Cohan quickly adapted the novel as a hit Broadway stage play of the same name.
Biggers, Charlie Chan
Charlie Chan is a fictional Honolulu police detective created by author Earl Derr Biggers for a series of mystery novels. Biggers loosely based Chan on Hawaiian detective Chang Apana. The benevolent and heroic Chan was conceived of as an alternative to Yellow Peril stereotypes and villains like Fu Manchu. Many stories feature Chan traveling the world beyond Hawaii as he investigates mysteries and solves crimes.
Behind That Curtain
Chan, the first Chinese detective in literature, was modeled after Chang Apana, a real-life police detective in Honolulu. Each of these books is wonderfully told, and through the later films, radio shows, comics, and television series, Charlie Chan became an enduring popular figure. Consulter l'avis complet. The last, and definitely the best, of the Charlie Chan mysteries. A satisfying mystery with somewhat of a surprise ending.