|Title:||The Emperor of America|
|Publisher:||McKinlay, Stone & MacKenzie|
This book is probably Sax Rohmer’s most over the top novel, a mastermind controlling a vast criminal network in every sector of American society, with what appear to be mobile phones, inter-active maps and computer keyboards, not bad for a novel published in 1927! Rohmer as usual has made his criminals here much more interesting than those solving the crimes and like so many of Rohmer’s books, this is clearly in sections of individual short stories and would have seen magazine publication as such, this means that the story jumps about abruptly more than it should do and makes the book end far too quickly; in fact the end comes so quickly taking a couple of pages for what really needed at least a couple of chapters that it comes as a huge let down.—Neil @ Goodreads.com. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Ward, Arthur Henry
Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward (15 February 1883—1 June 1959), better known as Sax Rohmer, was a prolific English novelist. He is best remembered for his series of novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu.
Born in Birmingham, he had an entirely working-class education and early career before beginning to write. His first published work was in 1903, the short story The Mysterious Mummy for Pearson’s Weekly. He made his early living writing comedy sketches for music hall performers and short stories and serials for magazines.
His first Fu Manchu novel, The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu, was serialized from October 1912—June 1913. It was an immediate success with its fast-paced story of Denis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie facing the worldwide conspiracy of the “Yellow Peril”. The Fu Manchu stories, together with his more conventional detective series characters—Paul Harley, Gaston Max, Red Kerry, Morris Klaw, and The Crime Magnet, made Rohmer one of the most successful and well-paid authors of the 1920s and 1930s.
His final success came with a series of novels featuring a female variation on Fu Manchu, Sumuru.
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