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The Quest of the Sacred Slipper

Sax Rohmer

Book Overview: 

Cavanagh becomes involved in the adventurous search for a precious relic in the mysterious East.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Marden go in exactly the same way."

"Marden was seated by the open window, but I cannot conjecture how any one can have got at West, who sat by the table!"

"The case of Marden is little less than remarkable; he was some distance from the window. No one could possibly have reached him from outside."

"And the constable?"

"The constable can give us no clue. He was suddenly struck down, as the others were. I examined the safe, of course, but didn't touch it, according to instructions. Someone had been at work on the lock, but it had defied their efforts. I'm fully expecting though that they'll be back to-night, with different tools!"

"The place is watched during the day, of course?"

"Of course. But it's unlikely that anything will be attempted in daylight. Tonight I am going down myself."

"Could you arrange that I join you?"

"I could, but you can see the danger fo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I read this in 2 days. Awesome old school pulp tale! The sacred slipper of Mohammed gets stolen by an archaeologist. It then ends up in London with the king of Hasim's (assassins) trying to get it from the museum. Great old school yarn.

A non-stop Sax Rohmer yarn. A slipper believed to belong to the prophet Mohammed has been stolen by a British archaeologist and a Muslim sect are after all who come into contact with it, the leader of the sect Hassan of Aleppo, is very much a stand in for Rohmer most famous creation Fu Manchu. Th...more

Old fashioned, Indiana Jones style adventure based on a sacred slipper that if you touch it you lose a hand. Then someone steals the slipper ... The description of the lovely lady is very poetic and the writing concerning her is quite beautiful at times. Otherwise nothing exceptional very much a...more

Last summer I found three Sax Rohmer books in a local antique store. This one is inscribed in pre-ball point pen ink ‘In hoc signo vincimus’ (by this sign we will conquer) on the frontispiece.

Originally published in 1913, the characterization of “others” (i.e. Arabs, Assyrians, dwarve...more

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Pulp mystery written in 1913. A British archeologist loots the Sacred Slipper of the Prophet from Mecca and for some reason the Muslims are upset with him. The first sign is when a cruise ship porter gets his hand cut off. Then in England somebody gets dead. A London newspaper man gets involved b...more

A slipper supposedly worn by the Prophet Mohammed is stolen and the curse...
Similar to his stories of Fu Manchu which I enjoy listening to on old time radio podcasts. Could just change names of the characters which the author most likely did.

I mostly read The Quest of the Sacred Slipper a chapter or two at time while waiting; not a particularly compelling 'have to finish it now' kind of book. Although the end read like Rohmer felt like he had to finish it now; maybe he had reached some arbitrary limit (e.g., page count) or deadline or maybe...more

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