The Yellow Claw

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Author: Sax Rohmer (Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward)
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 89,376 / 272 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.3
LoC Category: PR
Series: Gaston Max
Downloads: 3,581 5989

An illusive Chinese mastermind and his henchman have already killed one socialite and they hold a mysterious sway over many of London's elite. What is the secret of their power? Follow the trail with Gaston Max and Inspector Dunbar as they chase the international gang of hoodlums and their leader, the evil Dr. King.

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sack that damned man!" he cried; "he takes too many liberties--stopping out until this hour of the night!"

He pulled open the study door, crossed the hallway, and opened the door beyond.

In, out of the darkness--for the stair lights had been extinguished--staggered a woman; a woman whose pale face exhibited, despite the ravages of sorrow or illness, signs of quite unusual beauty. Her eyes were wide opened, and terror-stricken, the pupils contracted almost to vanishing point. She wore a magnificent cloak of civet fur wrapped tightly about her, and, as Leroux opened the door, she tottered past him into the lobby, glancing back over her shoulder.

With his upraised hands plunged pathetically into the mop of his hair, Leroux turned and stared at the intruder. She groped as if a darkness had descended, clutched at the sides of the study doorway, and then, unsteadily, entered--and sank down upon the big chesterfield in utter exhaustion.

Leroux, rubbing his chin, perplexedly, walked in aft


Average Rating of 3.7 from 3 reviews: ****

If the first three Fu Manchu novels qualify for a rating of 1, this book is a 2. It's at least twice as readable, but the bar is not set very high.

All along, it seems we will be enjoying a comparatively conventional detective adventure story, but then it ends with a staggering non-conclusion.

Oh, Rohmer.


Lots of fannying about in the first five or six chapters, talk and nothing else about a murder and possible suspects, until the book starts to get into the thick of the plot. Once you get past about chapter six the story is quite gripping and atmospheric. Well written anyway. Nice prose style if a little old fashioned.


A very intriguing story with captured damsels, opium dens, Scotland Yard, and mysterious strangers, all overlaid with the mystery and exotic atmosphere of London's Chinatown. A very entertaining read!

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