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Bazarada. Bazarada was created by “Sax Rohmer,” the pseudonym of Arthur Sarsfield Ward (Bimbâshi Barûk, Major Bernard de Treville, Fu Manchu (I), Paul Harley, Red Kerry, Moris Klaw, Gaston Max, Captain O’Hagan, Abû Tabâh), and appeared in six short stories in Collier’s Weekly in 1937 and 1938, beginning with “The Jade Serpent” (Collier’s Weekly, Sept. 18, 1937); the stories were collected in A Salute to Bazarada (1939).
Bazarada is a stage magician and amateur detective. “Locks meant less than nothing to Bazarada; no prison bars could cage him. Men of first-class intelligence credited him with occult powers.” He is a world-traveler, and has an entourage which includes “Mahmoud, the Arab, who doubled the duties of wild-animal trainer and butler” and “Mammy Nono, the coloured woman from Alabama.” Bazarada solves crimes involving mummies, the apes of Gibraltar, and haunted houses.
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