The House Without a Key:
About the Book
"I would put Charlie Chan among the ten best fictional detectives." Rex Stout
Charlie Chan is back!
Earl Derr Biggers' crackling six-volume series featuring the clever, chubby Chinese Detective of the Honolulu Police Department, is coming back into print.
Biggers brings Honolulu to life with his deft descriptions of the landscape and its hybrid ethnic communities. And with the creation of Inspector Chan, Biggers also shatters stereotypes and is ahead of his time in highlighting the positive aspects of Chinese-Hawaiian culture.
In this first novel, published in 1925, Chan comes to the aid of an aristocratic Boston family who find themselves in dire straits over what has befallen Dan Winterslip, the black sheep of the family, who lives in a mansion on Waikiki Beachthe house without a key.
The troubles begin when a young nephew is dispatched by the family in Boston to retrieve a wayward aunt who has overstayed her welcome in Dan Winterslip's house.
This book can be read on two levels: as an exciting mystery in an exotic location and as a nostalgic period piece with all its attendant romance.
About the Author
Earl Derr Biggers was born in Warren, Ohio, in 1884. He graduated from Harvard University in 1907, and lived for many years in California. He wrote six novels featuring the diminutive Chinese-Hawaiian detective Charlie Chan, who became a staple of the movies. His other famous books include Seven Keys to Baldpate and The Agony Column. He died in Pasadena, California, in 1933.