The Drums of Fu-Manchu

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Contents

Cover

Praise

Also by Sax Rohmer

Title Page

Copyright

Chapter One: Mystery Comes to Bayswater

Chapter Two: Sir Malcolm’s Guest

Chapter Three: The Green Death

Chapter Four: The Girl Outside

Chapter Five: Three Notices

Chapter Six: Satan Incarnate

Chapter Seven: “Inspector Gallaho Reports”

Chapter Eight: In the Essex Marshes

Chapter Nine: The Hut by the Creek

Chapter Ten: The Mandarin’s Cap

Chapter Eleven: At the Monks’ Arms

Chapter Twelve: Dr. Fu-Manchu’s Bodyguard

Chapter Thirteen: In the Wine Cellars

Chapter Fourteen: The Monks’ Arms (Concluded)

Chapter Fifteen: The Si-Fan

Chapter Sixteen: Great Oaks

Chapter Seventeen: In the Laboratory

Chapter Eighteen: Dr. Martin Jasper

Chapter Nineteen: Constable Isles’s Statement

Chapter Twenty: A Modern Vampire

Chapter Twenty-One: The Red Button

Chapter Twenty-Two: Living Death

Chapter Twenty-Three: Tremors Under Europe

Chapter Twenty-Four: A Car in Hyde Park

Chapter Twenty-Five: “The Brain is Dr. Fu-Manchu”

Chapter Twenty-Six: Venice

Chapter Twenty-Seven: Ardatha

Chapter Twenty-Eight: Nayland Smith’s Room

Chapter Twenty-Nine: Venice Claims a Victim

Chapter Thirty: A Woman Drops a Rose

Chapter Thirty-One: Palazzo Mori

Chapter Thirty-Two: The Zombie

Chapter Thirty-Three: Ancient Tortures

Chapter Thirty-Four: The Tongs

Chapter Thirty-Five: Korêani

Chapter Thirty-Six: Behind the Arras

Chapter Thirty-Seven: The Lotus Floor

Chapter Thirty-Eight: In the Palazzo Brioni

Chapter Thirty-Nine: Silver Heels

Chapter Forty: Silver Heels (Continued)

Chapter Forty-One: Silver Heels (Concluded)

Chapter Forty-Two: The Man in the Park

Chapter Forty-Three: My Doorbell Rings

Chapter Forty-Four: “Always I am Just”

Chapter Forty-Five: The Mushrabîyeh Screen

Chapter Forty-Six: Pursuing a Shadow

Chapter Forty-Seven: What Happened in Downing Street

Chapter Forty-Eight: “First Notice”

Chapter Forty-Nine: Blue Carnations

Chapter Fifty: Ardatha’s Message

Chapter Fifty-One: The Thing with Red Eyes

Chapter Fifty-Two: The Thing with Red Eyes (Concluded)

Introduction to “The Mark of the Monkey”

The Mark of the Monkey

About the Author

Appreciating Dr. Fu-Manchu

Also Available from Titan Books

“Without Fu-Manchu we wouldn’t have Dr. No, Doctor Doom or Dr. Evil. Sax Rohmer created the first truly great evil mastermind. Devious, inventive, complex, and fascinating. These novels inspired a century of great thrillers!”

Jonathan Maberry,
New York Times
bestselling author of
Assassin’s Code
and
Patient Zero

“The true king of the pulp mystery is Sax Rohmer—and the shining ruby in his crown is without a doubt his Fu-Manchu stories.”

James Rollins,
New York Times
bestselling author of
The Devil Colony

“Fu-Manchu remains the definitive diabolical mastermind of the 20th Century. Though the arch-villain is ‘the Yellow Peril incarnate,’ Rohmer shows an interest in other cultures and allows his protagonist a complex set of motivations and a code of honor which often make him seem a better man than his Western antagonists. At their best, these books are very superior pulp fiction… at their worst, they’re still gruesomely readable.”

Kim Newman, award-winning author of
Anno Dracula

“Sax Rohmer is one of the great thriller writers of all time! Rohmer created in Fu-Manchu the model for the super-villains of James Bond, and his hero Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie are worthy stand-ins for Holmes and Watson… though Fu-Manchu makes Professor Moriarty seem an under-achiever.”

Max Allan Collins,
New York Times
bestselling author of
The Road to Perdition

“I grew up reading Sax Rohmer’s Fu-Manchu novels, in cheap paperback editions with appropriately lurid covers. They completely entranced me with their vision of a world constantly simmering with intrigue and wildly overheated ambitions. Even without all the exotic detail supplied by Rohmer’s imagination, I knew full well that world wasn’t the same as the one I lived in… For that alone, I’m grateful for all the hours I spent chasing around with Nayland Smith and his stalwart associates, though really my heart was always on their intimidating opponent’s side.”

K. W. Jeter, acclaimed author of
Infernal Devices

“A sterling example of the classic adventure story, full of excitement and intrigue. Fu-Manchu is up there with Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, and Zorro—or more precisely with Professor Moriarty, Captain Nemo, Darth Vader, and Lex Luthor—in the imaginations of generations of readers and moviegoers.”

Charles Ardai, award-winning novelist and founder of Hard Case Crime

“I love Fu-Manchu, the way you can only love the really GREAT villains. Though I read these books years ago he is still with me, living somewhere deep down in my guts, between Professor Moriarty and Dracula, plotting some wonderfully hideous revenge against an unsuspecting mankind.”

Mike Mignola, creator of
Hellboy

“Fu-Manchu is one of the great villains in pop culture history, insidious and brilliant. Discover him if you dare!”

Christopher Golden,
New York Times
bestselling co-author of
Baltimore: The Plague Ships

THE COMPLETE FU-MANCHU SERIES BY SAX ROHMER

Available now from Titan Books:

THE MYSTERY OF DR. FU-MANCHU

THE RETURN OF DR. FU-MANCHU

THE HAND OF FU-MANCHU

THE DAUGHTER OF FU-MANCHU

THE MASK OF FU-MANCHU

THE BRIDE OF FU-MANCHU

THE TRAIL OF FU-MANCHU

PRESIDENT FU-MANCHU

Coming soon from Titan Books:

THE ISLAND OF FU-MANCHU

THE SHADOW OF FU-MANCHU

RE-ENTER: FU-MANCHU

EMPEROR FU-MANCHU

THE WRATH OF FU-MANCHU

THE DRUMS OF FU-MANCHU

Print edition ISBN: 9780857686114

E-book edition ISBN: 9780857686770

Published by Titan Books
A division of Titan Publishing Group Ltd
144 Southwark Street, London SE1 0UP

First published as a novel in the UK by Cassell and Co. Ltd, 1939

First published in the US by Doubleday, Doran, 1939

First Titan Books edition: June 2014

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content.

The Authors Guild and the Society of Authors assert the moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

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Frontispiece photograph by William Ritter, from
Collier’s Weekly
, April 1, 1939. Special thanks to Dr. Lawrence Knapp for the illustrations as they appeared on “The Page of Fu-Manchu,”
http://www.njedge.net/~knapp/FuFrames.htm
.

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the publisher, nor be otherwise circulated in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

A CIP catalogue record for this title is available from the British Library.

“Long, narrow eyes seemed to be watching me. They held my gaze hypnotically.”.

CHAPTER ONE
MYSTERY COMES TO BAYSWATER


D
amn it! There
is
someone there!”

I sprang up irritably, jerked the curtains aside and stared down into Bayswater Road. My bell, “Bart Kerrigan” inscribed above it on a plate outside in the street, was sometimes rung wantonly, by late revellers. The bell was out of order and I had tried to ignore its faint tinkling. But now, staring down, I saw someone looking up at me as I stood in the lighted room: a man wearing a Burberry and a soft hat, a man who signalled urgently with his arms, indicating: “Come down!”

Shooting the bolt open so that I should not be locked out, I ran downstairs. A light in the glazed arcade which led to the front door refused to function. Groping my way I threw the door open.

The man in the Burberry almost upset me as he leapt in.

“Who the devil are
you
?”

The door was closed quietly and the intruder spoke, his back to it as he faced me.

“It’s not a holdup,” came in coldly incisive tones. “I just
had
to get in. Thanks, Kerrigan, but you were a long time coming down.”

“Good heavens!” I stepped forward in the darkness and extended my hand. “Nayland Smith! Can I believe it?”

“Absolutely! I was desperate. Is your bell out of order?”

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