ing a painted ceiling. Oriental rugs and skins of animals were strewn about the marble floor. Beside a square pool guarded by a figure of Pan, banks of mimosa flowered and filled the air with their heavy swooning perfume.
There was a semi-circular recess, like a shrine, approached by three marble steps and veiled by silk curtains of rosy pink.
The existence of this singular apartment was destined to arouse keen curiosity in certain quarters (and before long) and to provoke equally keen incredulity in others.
A high, sweet note, that of a bell or of a silver gong, split the hushed silence, hitherto unbroken except for faint stirrings of lily leaves in the pool when one of several large golden orfe swimming there disturbed them.
Almost noiselessly, a bronze door was opened at the head of a short flight of marble steps. The handrail also was bronze, terminating in a newel post representing a sphinx. A man came down, slowly. He was a man of slight and graceful build. His leisurely move
Not bad. A female fu Manchu is what it boils down to. As always the extremely competent villain becomes incompetent as the story progresses.
Very good crime pulp read. The villain is very mysterious and clever, assisted by good guys who seem to stumble over the obvious at times.
Loved it, one of best pulps i ever read and Sumuru is best villain
Wow, what pulp. Unusually for Rohmer, this time it's not The Yellow Peril(tm) that threatens The West, this time it's The Feminist Yellow Peril(tm).
Sax Rohmer (aka Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward (1883 - 1959)) never fails to entertain and Nude In Mink is no exception.
Published under the title, The Sins of Sumuru in the British Isles, the novel was given the name Nude In Mink in the U.S. and is the first part of the Sumuru cycle.
In total, five books were written around the character of Sumuru and were all written in the last decade of Rohmer’s life.
Sumuru is basically a female version of Rohmer’s other famous literary invention, Doctor Fu Manchu and like all Rohmer’s works, it is best to warn the reader that the Sumuru stories are not politically correct. Sumuru is an ageless, radical feminist who desires to mold the world into a matriarchal society based on aesthetics and though unwilling to use such masculine techniques such as murder, torture, and brainwashing will willingly stoop to using such as a means to a greater end.
Defeated from her aims at the end of every novel, this reviewer suspects there may be those today who would have wished the character more success in her ultimate goals.
Craig Alan Loewen
2013 SFR GALAXY AWARD WINNER
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