By Earl Derr Biggers

The chinese language Parrot (1926) is the second one novel within the Charlie Chan sequence of poser novels through Earl Derr Biggers. it's the first during which Chan travels from Hawaii to mainland California, and contains against the law whose publicity is hastened via the loss of life of a parrot. the tale matters a helpful string of pearls that is bought by means of a filthy rich and whimsical financier. The good-looking younger son of the jeweller is assigned to shepherd the move of the pearls to the financier's holiday domestic in a barren region region of California. as a result of his lengthy organization with the landlord of the pearls—before becoming a member of the police strength, he used to be her houseboy—Charlie Chan travels from Hawaii to California with the pearls. After mysterious deaths, first of a Chinese-speaking parrot after which of the household's chinese language man-of-all-work, Charlie Chan masquerades as a pidgin-speaking cook dinner named Ah Kim and works underground to unravel a couple of crimes. alongside the way in which, the jeweller's son meets a gorgeous younger girl who works as a position scout and comes to a decision to stick within the California desolate tract.

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Why, yes, Alec," she said. " She looked at her son proudly. Eden also looked at him, but with a vastly different expression. "Very good," he answered. "Then there is no time to be lost. Madden is in a great hurry, as he wants to start for New York very soon. " "I'll go along," Victor offered. Eden shook his head. "No," he objected, "I prefer a policeman, even though he does belong to a force as far away as Honolulu. " She nodded. "I'm sure of it. " "All right--that's settled. But where the devil are they?

All day a February rain had spattered over the town, bringing an early dusk. For a moment Eden stood in the doorway of the hotel, staring at the parade of bobbing umbrellas and at the lights along Geary Street, glowing a dim yellow in the dripping mist. In San Francisco age does not matter much, and he felt like a boy again as he rode up in the elevator to Sally Jordan's suite. She was waiting for him in the doorway of her sitting-room, lovely as a girl in a soft clinging dinner gown of gray. Caste tells, particularly when one has reached the sixties, Eden thought as he took her hand.

But for all that--" Eden got up again and walked anxiously about the room. "For all that--or rather, for those very reasons, I don't like the idea at all. Suppose somebody did want to play a crooked game--what a setting for it! Away out there on that ocean of sand, with only the Joshua trees for neighbors. Suppose I send Bob down there with your necklace, and he walks into a trap. Madden may not be at that lonely ranch. He may have gone east. He may even, by the time Bob gets there, have gone west--as they said in the war.

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