Because of his long association with the owner of the pearls—before joining the police force, he was her houseboy—Charlie Chan travels from Hawaii to California with the pearls. After two mysterious deaths, first of a Chinese-speaking parrot and then of the household's Chinese man-of-all-work, Charlie Chan masquerades as a pidgin -speaking cook named Ah Kim and works undercover to solve a number of crimes. Along the way, the jeweller's son meets a beautiful young woman who works as a location scout and decides to stay in the California desert. The novel was adapted for film twice, as The Chinese Parrot in and as Charlie Chan's Courage in both of which are considered lost films [ citation needed ].
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A bird of that sort will repeat anything it hears. So Tony rattles along in two languages. A regular linguist. The ranchers round here call him the Chinese parrot.
He has always wanted to travel to the mainland and to other places. The transaction is undertaken by Eden Jewelers in San Francisco. The delivery of the pearls is originally scheduled to take place in New York City but Madden calls Alexander Eden to request that it be delivered to him at his ranch in Arizona instead.
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Alexander Eden sends his son Bob to oversee the delivery. The matriarch of the Jordan family has asked Charlie Chan, who worked for her when he was a young man, to deliver the pearls. In Chapter 1, we learn:. Eden sank wearily into a chair. He [referring to P.
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Madden] rather wears one out. I wanted to stick for a higher figure, but it looked hopeless. Somehow, I knew he always wins. But you'd better tell me. Long ago, in the big house on the beach, he was our number-one boy. Charlie left us to join the police force, and he's made a fine record there.
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He's always wanted to come to the mainland, so I've had it all arranged—his leave of absence, his status as a citizen, everything. And he's coming with the pearls. Where could I have found a better messenger? Why—I'd trust Charlie with my life—no, that isn't very precious any more. I'd trust him with the life of the one I loved dearest in the world. But Chan disappears. When Bob Eden arrives at P.
Chan surmises, therefore, that there has been murder done and that Louie was the victim. Was P. Madden complicit in the crime if, indeed, Chan is correct? Or is he perhaps being blackmailed? Is he colluding with his secretary, Martin Thorn? Who are the other participants in this drama and what roles do they play?