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Barûk, Bimbâshi. Bimbâshi Barûk was created by “Sax Rohmer,” the pseudonym of Arthur Sarsfield Ward (Bazarada, Major Bernard de Treville, Fu Manchu (I), Paul Harley, Red Kerry, Moris Klaw, Gaston Max, Captain O’Hagan, Abû Tabâh), and appeared in ten stories in Colliers, The Illustrated London News, and Chambers’ Journal in 1941 and 1942, beginning with “A Heart in Her Hands” (Colliers, May 31, 1941); the stories were collected in Bimbâshi Barûk of Egypt (1944).
“Mohammed Ibrahîhm Brian Barûk, Major/Bimbâshi of the most renowned camel corps in Africa, was the son of a sheik of pure lineage by his English wife.” Barûk was educated in England and speaks like a young English man-about-town, but when solving criminal cases or fighting German and Japanese spies in England and North Africa he is all business. He is tall, lean, and analytical, and is attached to British Intelligence during World War Two. He has “an occasional and most untamable gift of lucidity. He could read, at times, in a person’s eyes, exactly, minutely, what that person was thinking.”
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