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1920. Rohmer (Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward) was a prolific English mystery writer, best-known for the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu and his opponents Denis Nayland Smith, Dr. Petrie, named after the Egyptologist Flinders Petrie, and the beautiful Karamaneh, the source of Petrie's daydreams. He also wrote under the name Michael Furey. The book begins: Good evening, sir. A bit gusty? Very much so, sergeant, I replied. I think I will step into your hut for a moment and light my pipe if I may. Certainly sir. Matches are too scarce nowadays to take risks with them. But it looks as if the storm had blown over. I'm not sorry, said I, entering the little hut like a sentry-box which stands at the entrance to this old village high street for accommodation of the officer on point duty at that spot. I have a longish walk before me. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.