"In Loving Memory of Sax and Elizabeth"

Fu Manchu, Dr. Petrie, and Nayland Smith in Egypt

By William Wetherall

First posted 22 October 2005
Last updated 1 August 2006


Cay Van Ash
The Fires of Fu Manchu
New York: Harper & Row, 1987
x, 277 pages, hardcover

Cay Van Ash wrote this novel as a tribute to Sax Rohmer, whose biography he has written with Elizabeth Sax Rohmer (see below). The dedication reads "In Loving Memory / of Sax and Elizabeth".

The story features Fu Manchu, Dr. Petrie, and Nayland Smith in Egypt in 1917, and involvings the following plot, as described on the flap of the dust jacket.

One night as World War 1 is reaching a crucial stage, Petrie receives a mysterious and beautiful Oriental patient at his Cairo home who insists on stripping for a physical examination, and then pulls the hapless doctor down on the couch with her. Only the timely and unexpected arrival of Nayland Smith saves him from an embarrassing position. Summoned to Cairo by British Intelligence to solve the strange disappearance of a British scientist who had been working on a top-secret project known as the Midnight Sun, Nayland Smith quickly identifies Petrie's seductress -- who makes her escape -- as Fah Lo Suee, Fu Manchu's beautiful but treacherous daughter, and deduces that she had been trying to hypnotize Petrie. There is no question that Fu Manchu is responsible -- and the game is quickly afoot.

The start is reminiscent of a 007 thriller.