One of my favorite genres is mystery. I like a good pulpy, noir mystery classic; a page turner if you will. I used to read them all the time. I still own stacks of old Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen magazines that I can’t seem to part with, but since starting carp(e) I haven’t been able to sink my teeth into a nice bit of pulp in quite sometime. I suppose that’s because carp(e) focuses on indie presses, and I haven’t stumbled on any old mysteries coming out of the indies. But thank goodness for Academy Chicago Publishers! They’re bringing back the Charlie Chan series, complete with incredible pulp art covers, and I’m having the time of my literal life.
First int he series is The House Without a Key. The famous Chinese sleuth of the 1920’s Hawaiian Islands is introduced to the world for the first time. Published originally in 1925, The House was rather revolutionary in that the hero was Chinese – an intelligent, witty, particular detective. The characters in The House Without a Key are Bostonian upper crust, oftentimes surprised to find the man in search of the murderer is not as “white” as they. It’s fun seeing the characters change their tune as Chan so cleverly works out the mystery.
In The House Without a Key, young John Quincy from Boston travels to Hawaii to retrieve his wayward aunt. But upon arrival he discovers a cousin has been murdered. This high class Bostonian family can’t afford the scandal, however – and Cousin Dan has a sordid past that can do nothing but create scandal. Young John Quincy finds himself in the heat of the mystery and it’s having quite an effect on his old money, old family preconceived notions of the world. What’s more, no one seems to be able to put the clues together – no one but the famous Charlie Chan.
Want to win your own copy? Snag the first of the Charlie Chan series ($14.95 retail) and get going on the upcoming collection!
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