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Ah-bou, Tsang. Tsang Ah-bou was created by James W. Bennett and appeared in “Tsang, Sea Captain” (Oriental Stories, Spring, 1931) and “Tsang, Accessory” (Oriental Stories, Winter 1932).
Tsang Ah-bou is a Chinese detective, employed by the Shanghai Municipal Council. He is a
rotund Oriental of medium height, not dissimilar to thousands of his brethren shuffling daily up and down Nanking Road. His face was nearly a full moon, with slit eyes half-hidden behind thick, myopic-lensed spectacles. But where the eyes of his fellows might be lack-luster, trachomotous [sic], or opium-fogged, Tsang’s were bright and shrewd. And where the rotundity of others was all too generous fat, Tsang’s was a beautiful crisscross of powerful midriff muscles, the heritage of a man who had practiced long and arduously at the art of wrestling.
Ah-bou is faithful to his foreign friends, although he considers them “as children, wayward, deplorably lacking in politeness.” He often assists John A. Fletcher, of the Sino-American Banking Corporation, with cases.
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