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ISBN-13: 978-1466265158 ISBN-10: 1466265159

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466265159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466265158
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,103,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Twain began his career in letters as a printer's apprentice at the age of 12. He worked as a typesetter and hack writer until a trip down the Mississippi inspired him to become a steamboat pilot. Twain was a popular humorist, a failed silver miner, an inventor, a pacifist anti-imperialist, and a vegetarian. He had a strong interest in the paranormal. Twain's novel Huckleberry Finn has profoundly influenced the development of American storytelling.

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This story is short and very easy to read.
Becky
I thought it was one of the best books I have ever read!I really enjoyed it!
toobigfrogs
Mark Twain is one of my favorite authors and this was typical of his work.
Michael A. Bynack

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carlos on January 11, 2012
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As a fan of the mystery genre, I'm always glad when someone turns me on to something new. Here's a brilliant marketing scheme: What if Mark Twain writes a Sherlock Holmes detective story? I can't say that it's a classic, but it is one highly entertaining book.

"We ought never to do wrong when people are looking." These are the very first words spoken in this clever and demented little story. Archy Stillman may have been born out-of-wedlock, but he was blessed with incredible olfactory senses -- like a bloodhound. When he's sixteen, Archie's mother convinces him to find his biological father and ruin his reputation, extracting a little payback. Five years later, the nephew of Sherlock Holmes kills someone by blowing up his cabin. Holmes uses all of his preposterous scientific methods to reach his brilliant conclusion, only to be disproved by Archy's amazing sense of smell.

This is Mark Twain having a little fun with the mystery genre. If you're a fan of either, I think you'll find this to be an enjoyable read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E'lou on September 18, 2011
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Twain is one of my favorite authors. He usually adds some turns that I don't expect, and this is no exception. It's a fun read, and is as entertaining and amusing as I would expect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Frances Pickett on April 3, 2014
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This was not at all what I was expecting form Mark Twain. It's a very interesting mystery and Sherlock Holmes makes a surprise appearance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon W. Florey on January 17, 2014
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This is Twain and so it's has historical and literary interest, but it's not Twain at his best. The book wanders around and the jokes are obscure. It's still fun to see Twain send up Sherlock Holmes, but not fun enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meks Librarian on September 20, 2013
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"A Double-Barrelled Detective Story" was yet another ebook I found for free on Amazon's kindle shop. Mark Twain wrote it in 1902 (at least that's the publishing date; he may have written it earlier than that), and it even has its own wikipedia entry.
At the start of the book, the reader meets a young couple very much in love in the year 1880. Things take a very bad turn, though, when not long after their wedding, the husband commits a terrible crime against his young wife. He flees the scene, and she is left to bring up their son on her own.
As the son grows up, he is trained by his mother for a special purpose: revenge.
Most of the story deals with how he goes about this task, and several chapters come in the shape of letters he writes to his mother while hot on the heels of his father.
The appearing of Sherlock Holmes on the scene marks the story's pinnacle; after that, it does not take long for everything to end in a rather satisfactory manner.
If you are looking for Mark Twain's usual humour in this short novel (approx. 180 pages in print), you could be disappointed; yes, the whole thing is a satire on the Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and there are some quite funny bits in it, but it is not quite what I expected.
That does not take away from it being an entertaining read, and I guess that is one of the few ebooks I keep on my kindle and do not delete after reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henry Yancey on September 1, 2013
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Lost phone before I got to read it but will eventually get around to it! Still a great book by a great author.
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By Becky on February 11, 2015
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It has been many years since I've read Mark Twain. I had forgotten what a wonderful storyteller he was. This story is short and very easy to read. I read it pretty quickly because I couldn't wait to get to the end. I am going to read it again, but slower, so as to get the full benefit of his immense way with words. I recommend this book to anyone that loves a good yarn.
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By sheldon on July 14, 2014
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Great classic book, I am loving that amazon has these for free and am trying to collect them all.
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Mark Twain (1835-1910) was an American humorist, satirist, social critic, lecturer and novelist. He is mostly remembered for his classic novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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