Acclaimed New Yorker writer and author of the breakout debut best seller The Lost City of Z, David Grann offers a collection of spellbinding narrative journalism.
Whether hes reporting on the infiltration of the murderous Aryan Brotherhood into the U.S. prison system, tracking down a chameleon con artist in Europe, or riding in a cyclone-tossed skiff with a scientist hunting the elusive giant squid, David Grann revels in telling stories that explore the nature of obsession and that piece together true and unforgettable mysteries.
Each of the dozen stories in this collection reveals a hidden and often dangerous world and, like Into Thin Air and The Orchid Thief, pivots around the gravitational pull of obsession and the captivating personalities of those caught in its grip. There is the world's foremost expert on Sherlock Holmes who is found dead in mysterious circumstances; an arson sleuth trying to prove that a man about to be executed is innocent; and sandhogs racing to complete the brutally dangerous job of building New York City's water tunnels before the old system collapses. Throughout, Grann's hypnotic accounts display the power and often the willful perversityof the human spirit.
Compulsively listenable, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant mosaic of ambition, madness, passion, and folly.
©2010 David Grann (P)2010 Random House
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3 out of 5 stars
By William on 19-04-10

One good story, but mostly ho hum.....

Overall, I can't really recommend this book. I found only a couple of the stories really interesting. My favorite was the story of the sand hogs and New York's water storage system. For the most part you can hear more interesting stories on weekly TV news magazines, such as 60 Minutes. The rather dull narration hurt the book and the lack of distinct pauses, breaks or lead-in's between stories was also annoying. If I had it to do over, I'm not sure I'd buy this book. The premise was promising, but the author didn't really deliver as promised. Sherlock Holmes was much more exciting than this guy.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 02-08-10

A box of nonfiction candy

This is one you can dip into whenever you feel like it and enjoy it. Strong narration.

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