The Big Bow Mystery is a masterpiece of the form, as compelling a story today as when it was first published. The author has produced a seminal crime novel - the original "locked room" mystery.
With a flair for storytelling and a literate style comparable to his contemporary, Charles Dickens, Israel Zangwill concocts a heady satire of Victorian England, setting his scene in London's picturesque Bow district. His hero is the colorful retired police inspector Grodman, whose egotism and brilliance bear striking resemblance to that most famous 19th century fictional sleuth - Sherlock Holmes.
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