A century ago, Sax Rohmer introduced the world to a malevolent genius destined to become one of the most iconic fictional villains ever created: the fiendish Doctor Fu Manchu, “the Yellow Peril incarnate”.
In this second volume, the evil Doctor returns to further the cause of his secret political order. To obtain the coveted name of a secret agent in China he will employ every brutal means at his disposal, and Nayland Smith and Dr Petrie are subjected to unspeakable torture in their attempts to thwart him. His slave, the beautiful Kâramanèh, helped them before; but whose side is she on this time?
While Rohmer’s characters are a product of their time, the fun and excitement of his plots cannot be denied. The grudging mutual respect between Smith and Fu Manchu echoes that of Holmes and Moriarty, but the pace and thrills of these action-led stories set the style for later heroes from Bulldog Drummond to James Bond.