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The Voyage of Fear (Death in Italy)

Short Story (1,690 words)

The fourth of a series called “The dramatic deaths of Dr. Kang”, all published first in the Evening Standard and its sister papers, then in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. Dr Kang is the quintessential 'wily oriental', and in each story he is engaged in some illegal activity, becomes the object of violence, but escapes by a combination of sharp observation and good fortune, while somebody else dies in his place.

Dr. Kang has engaged Alisio, a young burglar, to steal two old master paintings for Count Boldini and will share the proceeds equally. They deliver the paintings to the Count's island villa and are paid. But nobody is to be trusted.


Evening Standard, Thursday 23rd February 1956. Page 17.
Reprinted in the Glasgow Evening Citizen on 1st March 1956, and as "Death in Italy", Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine #175, June, 1958.