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The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu

Sax Rohmer

Book Overview: 

Burmese Commisioner Nayland Smith and his faithful friend Dr Petrie continue their fight against the evil genius of Dr Fu-Manchu when they seek to save the good doctor’s lost love and protect the British Empire from disaster when their malignant enemy returns to England.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .e ray to the left, "what did she have in the basket?"

"Valerian," I replied mechanically.

The ray rested upon the lithe creature that I had shot down.

It was a black cat!

"A cat will go through fire and water for valerian," said Smith; "but I got first innings this morning with fish and milk! I had recognized the imprints under the trees for those of a cat, and I knew, that if a cat had been released here it would still be hiding in the neighborhood, probably in the bushes. I finally located a cat, sure enough, and came for bait! I laid my trap, for the animal was too frightened to be approachable, and then shot it; I had to. That yellow fiend used the light as a decoy. The branch which killed him jutted out over the path at a spot where an opening in the foliage above allowed some moon rays to penetrate. Directly the victim stood beneath, the Chinaman uttered his bird cry; the one below looked up, and the cat, previously held . . . Read More

Community Reviews

When the indefatigable Burmese police commissioner Nayland Smith and his trusty friend and sidekick Dr. Petrie both receive a mysterious midnight summons, the deadly import of the ruse soon dawns on them - the fiendish Dr. Fu-Manchu is back on the loose in London!

The Fu-Manchu novels of Sax Rohme...more

Another wonderfully crafted Fu Manchu mystery & the second in this series. It contains exciting elements like, protecting the British Empire and saving a beautiful woman from a devil's grasp...

Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie must once again battle their clever fiend Fu Manchu who now continues...more

Having read he first two novels, I reluctantly conclude Fu Manchu stories are not
quite my cup of tea. The stories seem like relatively mundane crime thrillers, and
Fu Manchu seems more like a rather clever criminal than the terrifying diabolical genius
I'm supposed to think he is.

The terribly evil Dr. Fu-Manchu returns to London and completely baffles the entertainingly racist British detectives pursuing him. This is the second book in the series, and a lot of fun for two reasons. On one hand it is exciting and melodramatic, and on the other it is a glimpse into the minds...more

Before I go into why I enjoyed this particular piece of literature so much, there may be the off chance some of you have no idea who Dr. Fu-Manchu actually is. Although the only time you might have heard of "Fu-Manchu" was when your bored college roommate decided to try and grow a gnarly mustache...more

Not as racist as the first book, "The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu" (a.k.a, "The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu"). And, frankly, the novel suffers because of it. "The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu" reminds you of that really racist elderly relative that you only see on holidays and is always belting out racial s...more

Relistening. My original comments are below.

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As enjoyable as the first, with Dr. Petrie unable to decide if Fu Manchu's sexiest operative is completely evil or just faking it. No matter, because one whiff of that perfume turns him into her slave (more or less). To the understan...more

The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu is the second book of the Fu-Manchu thrillers by Sax Rohmer. Originally published in 1916, it is true pulp fiction at its best and the stuff that those old Hammer movies were made of and that I sat through Saturday matinee serials. (Do you remember those?)
Fu-Manchu is...more

A good, but not great sequel to the first in the series. I have to say that having the Dr simply focused on removing Smith and Peitre was a bit disappointing. There was no global domination plot, etc... So far, without read #3, these seems to have been a between book and not one that really stand...more

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