Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1926. First Edition. Biggers's second Charlie Chan novel, in which a string of pearls holds the key to the death of a mysterious millionaire. Chan travels from Hawaii to California and goes undercover in the desert to find the answer to a clue spoken in Chinese - by the parrot. Basis for the 1927 film of the same name, and a 1934 adaptaion titled Charlie Chan's Courage - both considered lost films. Scarce in dustjacket. Hubin, p.33. Item #5231
First Printing. Octavo (19.25cm); hunter green cloth, with titles stamped in red on spine and front cover; dustjacket; [iv],316pp. Faint, scattered foxing to text edges, with some more pronounced foxing to endpapers, and some mild bubbling to cloth at upper rear cover; Very Good. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.00), showing modest wear, sunning to spine and front flap fold, several tears and shallow losses to spine ends and corners, and a partial split along lower rear joint; Very Good only.