Mr. Shaitana is a Syrian by birth who cultivates the appearance of the devil- pointy beard and moustache and so on. He also is an avid collector, both of art deco and decadent treasures. His last attempt was to create a collection of living murderers, which he did with some temporary success- until he himself was the latest of their murder victims in Cards On The Table. The mystery was solved by Hercule Poirot, Colonel Race, Ariadne Oliver and Superintendent Battle of Scotland Yard. The word "shaitana" in Arabic literally means a "she-devil"; Shaitana is described in the beginning of the novel as "Mephistophelian".