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The devil and Sherlock Holmes : tales of murder, madness, and obsession

by Grann, David.

Format: Print Book ©2010.
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 11 copies
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Acclaimed New Yorker writer and author of the breakout debut bestseller The Lost City of Z , David Grann offers a collection of spellbinding narrative journalism.

Whether he's 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 perversity--of the human spirit.

Compulsively readable, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant mosaic of ambition, madness, passion, and folly.
Mysterious circumstances
Trial by fire
The chameleon
True crime
Which way did he run
The squid hunter
City of water
The old man and the gun
Stealing time
The brand
Crimetown U.S.A.
Giving "the devil" his due.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The catchy title is misleading because this collection of 12 previously published articles by New Yorker staff writer Grann (who also wrote The Lost City of Z, 2009) has only one story that has anything to do with Holmes. Readers expecting true crime may also be disappointed because Grann's work here ranges from several actual crime cases through articles that have only a nod toward mystery, as in Life is Strange. However, Grann's in-depth reporting and vivid writing make this worthwhile reading for lovers of good journalism. The Holmes story, Mysterious Circumstances, traces the fate of a foremost Holmes scholar, about to bid on a lost archive of Arthur Conan Doyle's, found garroted to death, surrounded by Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Another story, The Chameleon, examines a master imposter's life. Perhaps the most gripping is Which Way Did He Run? in which the only firefighter of Engine Company 40 to survive the World Trade Center bombing, an amnesia victim, tries to piece together whether he acted as a hero or as a coward.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Murder -- Case studies.
Criminals -- Case studies.
Criminal behavior -- United States.
Criminal psychology.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder -- Case studies.
Publisher New York :Doubleday,©2010.
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "The pieces in this work originally appeared in slightly different form in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and The New Yorker"--T.p. verso.
Description xi, 338 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780385517928
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