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Sars, Dr. Lao. Dr. Lao Sars was created by the “Eric North,” the pseudonym of the Australian author Bernard Cronin (Professor Montague, The Toad), and appeared in nine short stories in The New Idea in 1930, beginning with “Who Killed Marie Westhoven” (The New Idea, Oct. 24, 1930); six of the stories were collected in Who Killed Marie Westhoven? (1940).

Dr. Lao Sars is a Chinese criminologist living in Melbourne who solves impossible crimes in Melbourne, Sydney, and the outback. He is a particularly skilled scientist as well as criminologist. He is assisted by Brian Tembolt, a reporter, and Detective Sergeant (later Inspector) Smythe of Russell Street.

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