The Black Camel
First edition dust cover
|Author||Earl Derr Biggers|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Preceded by||Behind That Curtain|
|Followed by||Charlie Chan Carries On|
It tells the story of a Hollywood star (Shelah Fane), who is stopping in Hawaii after she finished shooting a film on location in Tahiti. She is murdered in the pavilion of her rental house in Waikiki during her stay. The story behind her murder is linked with the three-year-old murder of another Hollywood actor and also connected with an enigmatic psychic named Tarneverro. Chan, in his position as a detective with the Honolulu Police Department, "investigates amid public clamor demanding that the murderer be found and punished immediately. "Death is a black camel that kneels unbidden at every gate. Tonight black camel has knelt here", Chan tells the suspects."
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2. In Robert A. Heinlein's novel I Will Fear No Evil, the kneeling black camel reference is employed as a euphemism for death near the start of chapter 2.
3. In Robert A. Heinlein's very first published work, a short story called Lifeline, Dr. Pinero says "I can tell you when the Black Camel will kneel at your door."
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