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The House Without a Key by  Earl Derr Biggers - Paperback - 1974 - from Orielis' Books (SKU: 007356)

The House Without a Key

The House Without a Key by  Earl Derr Biggers - Paperback - 1974 - from Orielis' Books (SKU: 007356)

The House Without a Key

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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  • paperback
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New York: Bantam Books. Good. 1974. Mass Market Paperback. Bantam N8446, 248 pp. Spine somewhat creased and rolled, front corners curled, a little edge wear with a little chipping at top and base of spine. Light tanning but text is clean and unmarked. A solid copy.

"Dan Winterslip was the wandering black sheep of a respectable Boston family. He settled near Honolulu after having made big money abroad -- but no one knows how or where his cash appeared. No one still alive, anyway.
When Dan Winterslip is found on his veranda cot with a knife in his heart, there is no shortage of suspects for the Honolulu police department. There is his brother Amos, who had hated and avoided Dan for over thirty years. There is his nephew John Quincy, just off the boat from Boston, who has failed to dispose of an incriminating sea-chest. And there is a mysterious old shipmate from his seagoing days, recently arrived from points west, who had unpleasant memories to recall.
In his debut, master detective Charlie Chan sifts through a mountain of odd clues to arrive at a bizarre conclusion to a mystery from America's Golden Age of crime fiction."; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall .


The House Without a Key is a novel that was written in 1925 by Earl Derr Biggers. It is the first of the Charlie Chan mysteries written by Biggers. The novel, which takes place in 1920s Hawai'i, spends time acquainting the reader with the look and feel of the islands of that era from the standpoint of both white and non-white inhabitants, and describes social class structures and customs which have largely vanished in the 21st century.

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Orielis' Books US (US)
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The House Without a Key
Biggers, Earl Derr
Mass Market Paperback
Book condition
Used - Good
Bantam Books
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
Mystery Fiction, Murder Mystery, Charlie Chan (fictitious Character), Honolulu Hawaii, Police Procedural, Waikiki, Dan Winterslip (fictitious Character)
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About Orielis' Books

Orielis' Books has been selling online since August, 2002. We specialize in Mystery, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books (both vintage and recent), Large Print books, and a small but growing selection of Military and general history.


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