The Dr Nikola Omnibus Vol 1 (2-books-in-1)

Guy Boothby

The criminal mastermind and 'man of mystery'.

Doctor Nikola is an occultist anti-hero seeking immortality and world domination. First introduced in the first episode of A Bid for Fortune, Nikola lives in a bungalow on the Rue de Lafayette in Shanghai with his perennial companion, the black cat Apollyon (named after a dark angel) huge, baleful, gleaming-eyed perched on Nikola's shoulder.

A Bid for Fortune, or Enter Dr Nikola begins with the narrator's attempts to wed a beautiful woman he saves from ruffians in Australia while travelling back with her father on the same ship he is taking to England. Dr Nikola is the villain, the Svengali like figure, exercising his influence. In the next novel, Dr Nikola, he is now foregrounded much more and enlists Wilfred Bruce into his quest for deeper knowledge and magic powers in China.

Boothby is a natural storyteller who can sustain a gripping narrative.

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 544
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357311076
  • Price : INR 799

Guy Boothby

Guy Newell Boothby (13 October 1867 26 February 1905) was a prolific Australian novelist and writer, noted for sensational fiction in variety magazines around the end of the nineteenth century. He lived mainly in England. He is best known for such works as the Dr Nikola series, about an occultist criminal mastermind who is a Victorian forerunner to Fu-Manchu, and Pharos, the Egyptian, a tale of Gothic Egypt, mummies' curses and supernatural revenge. Rudyard Kipling was his friend and mentor, and his books were remembered with affection by George Orwell.

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