The House Without a Key

by Biggers, Earl, Derr

The House Without a Key is a novel that was written in 1925 by Earl Derr Biggers. It is the first of the Charlie Chan mysteries written by Biggers. The novel, which takes place in 1920s Hawai'i, spends time acquainting the reader with the look and feel of the islands of that era from the standpoint of both white and non-white inhabitants, and describes social class structures and customs which have largely vanished in the 21st century.

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First published in 1925 by Bobbs-Merrill in Indianapolis, First Editions, First Printings are without the bow & arrow on copyright page.

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HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY

by BIGGERS, Earl Derr

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1933
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1933. BIGGERS, Earl Derr. THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY. [By the] Author of Seven Keys to Baldpate, etc...New York: Grosset & Dunlap, [c. 1930]. First Grosset and Dunlap Edition from first edition sheets. 8vo., red cloth, lettered in black, top-edge stained green. Slightly darkened just along the joints, with two negligible spots of faint soil to front board; minor… Read more
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HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY

by Earl Derr Biggers

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1930
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1930. Fine. BIGGERS, Earl Derr. THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY. [By the] Author of Seven Keys to Baldpate, etc...New York: Grosset & Dunlap, [c. 1930]. First Grosset and Dunlap Edition from first edition sheets. 8vo., red cloth, lettered in black, top-edge stained green. Overall, a near fine, bright, tight copy. The first edition of this title is almost… Read more
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The House Without a Key

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1925
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The House Without A Key

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The House Without A Key

by Earl Derr Biggers

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1989
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1925
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First edition
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The House Without a Key.

by BIGGERS, Earl Derr.

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1925
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The House Without a Key (The First Edition Library)

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1996
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by Earl Derr Biggers

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1952
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The House Without a Key: A Charlie Chan Mystery

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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2008
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by Biggers, Earl Derr

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The House Without a Key [Charlie Chan # 1]

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The House Without a Key

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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Published
1974
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The House Without a Key

by Earl Derr Biggers

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1984
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The House Without A Key

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(1925) 1975
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Cutchogue, NY: Buccaneer Books Ltd.. Very Good with no dust jacket. (1925) 1975. Reprint. Hardcover. 316 pages. Charlie Chan Mysteries, No. 1. The House Without a Key is the first of the Charlie Chan mysteries written by Biggers. The novel is remarkable in two respects. First, although Chan is ostensibly the detective, his role in the book… Read more
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by Biggers, Earl Derr

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The House Without a Key: A Charlie Chan Mystery

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1979-12
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The House Without a Key

by Earl Derr Biggers

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The House Without a Key

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The House Without A Key - Hardcover

by Derr Earl Biggers

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The House Without a Key: A Charlie Chan Myster (Charlie Chan Mysteries)

by EARL DERR BIGGERS

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The House without a Key (A Charlie Chan Mystery)

by Earl Derr Biggers

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The House Without a Key

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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1996
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The House Without A Key

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The House Without a Key

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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1989
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The House Without A Key - 9781647203740

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The House Without a Key: Charlie Chan Mystery

by Biggers, Earl Derr

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2008
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The House Without a Key

by Earl Derr Biggers

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1926
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The House Without A Key

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1989
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The House Without A Key

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The House Without a Key

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The House Without a Key

by Earl Derr Biggers

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1989
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1941
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The House Without a Key

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