The Sherlockian

The Sherlockian

By (author) Graham Moore


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In December 1893, Sherlock Holmes-adoring Londoners eagerly opened their Strand magazines, anticipating the detective's next adventure, only to find the unthinkable: his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, had killed their hero off. London spiraled into mourning -- crowds sported black armbands in grief -- and railed against Conan Doyle as his assassin. Then in 1901, just as abruptly as Conan Doyle had "murdered" Holmes in "The Final Problem," he resurrected him. Though the writer kept detailed diaries of his days and work, Conan Doyle never explained this sudden change of heart. After his death, one of his journals from the interim period was discovered to be missing, and in the decades since, has never been found. Or has it? When literary researcher Harold White is inducted into the preeminent Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, The Baker Street Irregulars, he never imagines he's about to be thrust onto the hunt for the holy grail of Holmes-ophiles: the missing diary. But when the world's leading Doylean scholar is found murdered in his hotel room, it is Harold - using wisdom and methods gleaned from countless detective stories - who takes up the search, both for the diary and for the killer.

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  • Paperback | 356 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 27.94mm | 90.72g
  • 21 Nov 2011
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • Twelve
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0446572586
  • 9780446572583
  • 388,891

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Graham Moore is a New York Times" bestselling novelist and Academy Award winning screenwriter. His screenplay for THE IMITATION GAME, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, won both an Oscar and a WGA Award in 2015, and was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. The film received 8 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.Graham's first novel, THE SHERLOCKIAN (2010), was translated into 15 languages. It was called "sublime" and "clever" and "delightful" by the New York Times," "savvy" and "entertaining" by the Los Angeles Times," and lots of other nice things as well.His second novel, a legal thriller set in New York in 1888, will be published in the fall of 2016

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Brilliantly executed: a must-read for admirers of historical fiction, Sherlock Holmes, and intellectual mysteries...This debut manages to be both highly original as well as deeply reverential to its literary sources. It's difficult to find a new spin on Sherlock Holmes, but Graham Moore has pulled it off with flying colors. "Matthew Pearl, author of "The Dante Club"""

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