The Sherlockian

By Graham Moore
(Twelve, Hardcover, 9780446572590, 368pp.)

Publication Date: December 1, 2010

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“Imagine creating a literary figure -- Sherlock Holmes -- so real that when you get fed up and kill him off, there's rioting and accusations of murder hurled at you? Imagine further that you kept a diary of your creative life and that after your death one volume is mysteriously missing, perhaps the one that chronicles why you had a change of heart and resurrected Holmes? What a delicious problem to confront modern literary researcher Harold White. And then the world's leading Holmes scholar is found murdered in his hotel room. Can Harold use the methods of his idol to find the missing diary -- and the killer? Graham Moore pens a gripping literary quest.”
-- Barbara Peters, The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ


Description

In December 1893, Sherlock Holmes-adoring Londoners eagerly opened their Strand magazines, anticipating the detective's next adventure, only to find the unthinkable: his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, had killed their hero off. London spiraled into mourning -- crowds sported black armbands in grief -- and railed against Conan Doyle as his assassin.

Then in 1901, just as abruptly as Conan Doyle had "murdered" Holmes in "The Final Problem," he resurrected him. Though the writer kept detailed diaries of his days and work, Conan Doyle never explained this sudden change of heart. After his death, one of his journals from the interim period was discovered to be missing, and in the decades since, has never been found.


Or has it?

When literary researcher Harold White is inducted into the preeminent Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, The Baker Street Irregulars, he never imagines he's about to be thrust onto the hunt for the holy grail of Holmes-ophiles: the missing diary. But when the world's leading Doylean scholar is found murdered in his hotel room, it is Harold - using wisdom and methods gleaned from countless detective stories - who takes up the search, both for the diary and for the killer.




About the Author

Graham Moore is a 28-year-old graduate of Columbia University, where he received his degree in Religious History. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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