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Stranger who called at Room 12 (Death in Morocco)

Short Story (1,690 words)

The third 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 meets an innocent young woman who thinks she has been engaged as a governess for the Emir of Debussa's daughters. He convinces her that she has actually been recruited for the Emir's harem, and gives her money to catch a plane before it is too late. He must now escape the revenge of the Emir and of his pimp, Monsieur Charap.


Evening Standard, Wednesday 22nd February 1956. Page 17.
Reprinted in the Glasgow Evening Citizen on 29th February 1956, and as "Death in Morocco", Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine #173, April, 1958.