into the corridor. It was empty. No shape of horror stood before the drawing room door. He closed the door, called reassuringly to the girl, and completed his inspection, grunting approval. Joan La Tour was a daughter of the Oriental quarter. Long ago she had provided against secret enemies as far as special locks and bolts could provide. The windows were guarded with heavy iron-braced shutters, and there was no trapdoor, dumb waiter nor skylight anywhere in the suite.
"Looks like you're ready for a siege," he commented.
"I am. I have canned goods laid away to last for weeks. With Khoda Khan I can hold the fort indefinitely. If things get too hot for you, you'd better come back here yourself--if you can. It's safer than the police station--unless they burn the house down."
A soft rap on the door brought them both around.
"Who is it?" called Joan warily.
"I, Khoda Khan, sahiba," came the answer in a low-pitched, but strong and resonant voice. Joan sighed deeply and unlocked t
A hard-punching detective, a half-asian woman, and a vengeful Afghan join forces to get to the bottom of the return of a dead criminal mastermind. The Muslim is a good guy, the yellow peril are the bad guys. The men do the heavy lifting and the dame is there to get in trouble.
This is actually a little better written than Sax Rohmer's similar stuff, and moves along nicely. Just don't expect political correctness or subtle thinking.
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