In the late seventies an extraordinary document came to light which for fifty years had been held on deposit by the bankers of the deceased John Herbert Watson MD - better known to devotees of Conan Doyle as Dr Watson.
A continuous narrative in the doctor’s own hand, the story opens in the East End of London in 1888. Three women have been savagely murdered by Jack the Ripper. To calm the public outcry, Scotland Yard approaches London’s most eminent detective, Sherlock Holmes, and asks him to investigate the mystery.
The adventures of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective and his faithful companion Dr Watson are given a new and thrilling treatment by Michael Dibdin.
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If you love Holmes you'll HATE this
- Gertrude Perkins
The darkest and the most sinister
The murderous, psychopathic Holmes.
It is probably the most unlikely of the Sherlock Holmes tales. My feeling of uneasiness and disbelief grew stronger as the story developed, but hoped that there was a clever twist to it right up to the end. The beloved champion of the law is mercilessly desecrated and left me feeling almost angry. Conan Doyle must be turning in his grave...