The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu is Sax Rohmer’s first entry in the Fu-Manchu book series, and it makes a strong splash. A classic in terms of historical appeal, it introduces one of literature’s most infamous villains.A man who is “tall, lean and feline, high-shouldered, with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan.”Not only does Rohmer set the stage for his characters, but Fu-Manchu is nonetheless akin to a Shakespearean villain.The book is one of – if not the best – representations of the times when the “Yellow Peril”reigned. A time when the Orient was mysterious, dark and dangerous and the men who resided there, fierce and merciless. The book carefully follows the adventures of two old friends, the capable Commissioner Denis Nayland and Dr. John Petrie and their long battle with the forces of Fu-Manchu and his henchmen. A starting point for any mystery enthusiast, the duo will embark on countless adventures, each of them one step closer to catching the Chinese criminal Dr. Fu-Manchu. While not actually a novel, the thirty or so short stories have been put together to form a relatively coherent tale about two Brits solving and battling Fu-Manchu’s machinations. Alongside Denis Nayland and John Petrie,you will explore numerous sights and scenes, from the squalor filled opium dens to the rich and relaxing countryside of yesterday. The Insidious Dr. Fu- Manchu is a book that stands the test of time not because of its heroes, but because of the eponymous criminal mastermind Dr. Fu-Manchu, a villain born out of the fear of the Occident. It is a guaranteed good read not only because of its captivating villain, but because of its value as a historical artifact. Delve into the criminal underworld that Sax Rohmer has masterfully set up!