The Riddle of the Wooden Parrakeet(1960)
(The third book in the Hong Lei Chung series)
A novel by Harry Stephen Keeler
The condemned man asked for three things before he climbed the thirteen steps to the gallows: a glass eye, a champagne cork and a wooden parrakeet. Can any mystery writer - other than Chicago paper blackener Harry Stephen Keeler - have proposed such a scenario? And then written a huge meganovel filled with celestials and tong lore to explain why the condemned man should make such a request?
Used availability for Harry Stephen Keeler's The Riddle of the Wooden Parrakeet
May 2015 : USA Paperback
January 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition