The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes & His Last Bow

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes & His Last Bow

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With a new Introduction by David Stuart Davies.

'Surely no man would take up my profession if it were not that danger attracts him.'

In The Casebook, you can read the final twelve stories that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about his brilliant detective. They are perhaps the most unusual and the darkest that he penned. Treachery, mutilation and the terrible consequences of infidelity are just some of the themes explored in these stories, along with atmospheric touches of the gothic, involving a bloodsucking vampire, crypts at midnight and strange bones in a furnace.

The collection His Last Bow features some of Sherlock Holmes' most dramatic cases, including the vicious revenge intrigue connected with 'The Red Circle' and the insidious murders in 'The Devil's Foot'. The title story recounts how Sherlock Holmes is brought out of retirement to help the government foil a German plot on the eve of the First World War.

These two fascinating sets of stories make a glorious farewell to the greatest detective of them all and his erstwhile companion, Dr Watson.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 274g
  • Herts, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. numerous ill.
  • 1853260703
  • 9781853260704
  • 58,944

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In The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes we read the last twelve stories Conan Doyle was to write about Holmes and Watson. They reflect the disillusioned world of the 1920s in which they were written, and he can be seen to take advantage of new, more open conventions in fiction. Suicide as a murder weapon and homosexual incest are some of the psychological tragedies whose consequences are unravelled by the mind of Holmes before the eyes of Watson. That said, the collection also includes some of the best turns of wit in the series, and indeed in the whole of English literature.
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About Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle wurde 1859 im schottischen Edinburgh geboren. Seine Eltern waren beide strenge Katholiken, daher war es nicht verwunderlich, daß ihr Sohn eine Jesuitenschule besuchen mußte. Später studierte Doyle in Edinburgh Medizin und heiratete 1884 Louise Hawkins. Bis 1891 arbeitete er als Arzt in Hampshire. Danach widmete er sich ausschließlich dem Schreiben.
Während des Südafrikanischen Krieges (1899 bis 1902) diente er als Arzt in einem Feldlazarett. Im Jahr 1902 wurde er zum Ritter geschlagen. Nach dem Tod seines Sohnes, der den Folge einer Kriegsverletzung erlag, beschäftigte er sich mit okkultistischen Studien. Arthur Conan Doyle starb am 7. Juli 1930 in seinem Haus in Windlesham, Sussex.
1887 schuf er den wohl berühmtesten Detektiv der Weltliteratur: Sherlock Holmes, den Meister des rationell-analytischen Denkens. Die Figur Holmes überschattete Doyles literarisches Schaffen derart, dass der Autor seinen Protagonisten sterben ließ - und ihn knapp zehn Jahre später wiederauferstehen lassen musste: zu groß war die Popularität von Holmes und seinem Partner Dr. Watson.
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