Dust jacket by Gavin L. O'Keefe

THE BOX FROM JAPAN

Volume Three

 

The year is 1942—the near future. We now have 13 months per year, the world is coming to rely on giant saguaro cacti from Mexico for food, 3-D television is almost a reality, and wouldn’t you know it? Japan, Germany and (gasp!) Mexico are scheming to take over the world. And their plans involve the now defunct Panama Canal and a new canal through Nicaragua. And there’s something about an unusual blue dye from ancient China that fits into this incredible scheme somewhere. With a premise like this, it’s got to be the longest and most convoluted webwork mystery ever written by Harry Stephen Keeler. Published in U.S. by Dutton in 1932, and in Britain by Ward Lock in 1933. 373 pages. $18.00

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