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There are many great detectives out there. Alex Cross, the protagonist of a series of novels that begin with Along Came A Spideris the most soft-spoken member of a list that includes several little old ladies. His hobbies include playing the piano, owning a contented cat, and quietly observing social injustice.
Once upon a time Asian super-sleuths, independent crime-fighters of Chinese or Japanese origin who were usually one or two steps ahead of the police in solving murders, were quite popular in Hollywood. They were, with one notable exception, played by Caucasian actors. There were three distinct characters around whom series of films were created in the s: Charlie Chan, Mr.
Honolulu: ukulele music, ginger blossoms, coconut palms, grass mats, a luau. Miss Minerva Winterslip, a Boston spinster far from home, discovers, on a cot on her veranda, a dead body in white pajamas. A lizard skitters over the corpse, leaving a trail of tiny crimson footprints. Miss Minerva, overcome, collapses.
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The Asian detective proved to be a popular hero with film-going audiences during the s and 40s. As Charles Mitchell notes, Charlie Chan—the Chinese detective from the Honolulu police—was the only serious rival to Sherlock Holmes as one of the most beloved screen detective, appearing in 47 films between and ix. There has been much debate by scholars and critics over whether or not the Asian detective like Charlie Chan represent a positive image of Asian masculinity.
Catherine Sampson's latest novel, The Pool of Unease, is set in Beijing, where the author has lived for many years. The book also introduces private detective Song Ren, who is miserably staking out a brothel when he hears a blood-curdling scream, and goes to investigate In China, politics adds a thick layer of complication.
Fictional sleuth fights crime while shining light on secretive country. Siri Paiboun was already beyond retirement age when he was appointed state coroner to the morgue in the Lao capital, Vientiane, shortly after Dec. Some 12 books later, the famed Lao coroner-cum-detective is still going strong, solving murders, sassing communist officials, messing with the spirit world and slurping down tasty noodles cooked by his second wife, Madame Daeng. The Dr.
Some of them may be intellectuals, while others prefer to solve a tricky case with their fists, but one thing Sherlock Holmes shares with Sam Spade, Jack Reacher and Kurt Wallander is the colour of his face. In the wake of Charlie Chan, publishers employed other white writers to bring a bit of oriental exoticism to crime fiction, such as John P Marquand with his secret agent Mr Moto, and Hugh Wiley with his detective Mr Wong. But crime fiction in the golden age continued to reflect the times.
Charlie Chan is a fictional Honolulu police detective created by author Earl Derr Biggers for a series of mystery novels. Biggers loosely based Chan on Hawaiian detective Chang Apana. The benevolent and heroic Chan was conceived of as an alternative to Yellow Peril stereotypes and villains like Fu Manchu.