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The Dragon's Jaws

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Title:The Dragon's Jaws
Packard, Frank Lucius   
(3 of 12 for author by title)
The Four Stragglers
Broken Waters
Published:   1937
Publisher:Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.
Tags:adventure, Canadiana, fiction, mystery

"This thrilling story of action tells how young Roy Melville goes to China to save his kidnapped father, who is being held for a million-dollar ransom in diamonds. On the voyage over he meets Myrna Lang, whose father is murdered in mid-ocean, and learns from her that their tragedies have a common instigator—the evil, mysterious Lan Chao-tao, a Chinese star bandit, whom few have ever seen but whose appalling activities have spread octopuslike throughout the world.

"Here is a story packed with action, excitement and romance, and highly tinged with the color and mystery of the Orient with which the author is so well acquainted."--from the book. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:202 Info

Author Bio for Packard, Frank Lucius

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Frank Packard (1877-1942) was a Canadian novelist. Born in Montreal he was one of the first Canadian writers to gain the attention of an international readership. He was trained as a civil engineer and worked in the US and Canada for several railroads. He used his railroad experience in some of his early novels and short stories. He achieved great success with his second novel "The Miracle Man" in 1914. In 1917 he published another best-seller, a detective novel called "The Adventures of Jimmy Dale" which he turned into a series of four more novels. In order to add realism to his books he joined police raids and drifted around the streets of New York which allowed him to add an air of authenticity for his stories. By 1942, the Jimmy Dale series had sold three million copies, was adapted for a silent movie and was turned into a CBC radio play. Packard travelled to the South Seas in 1912 and he used the setting for some of his novels such as "The Gold Skull Murders" and "Two Stolen Idols". Packard's prolific work shows attention to local detail that adds colour to books that otherwise verged on the formulaic. (Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature)

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