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Starred Review. Eminent attorney and Sherlockian Klinger completes the daunting mission he began with 2004's two volumes examining the original 56 short stories to feature the great detective with this robust third book containing the four Holmes novels. All the gifts that netted Klinger an Edgar Award for best critical/biographical work are again in evidence: clear definitions of obscure terms, pithy discussions of some of the issues that have puzzled and delighted Holmes fans for generations (where exactly was Watson wounded?) and lucid essays (which legend inspired The Hound of the Baskervilles?). Klinger manages the difficult feat of appealing both to those new to the world of Sherlockian scholarship and to those who can quote the stories like gospel. Ample use of illustrations, some from the novels' original appearances, adds to the enjoyment. A must-have for any serious mystery fan, this edition will stand as the benchmark for generations to come.
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“A beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable edition...will appeal to first time readers and seasoned veterans.” (Daniel Stashower - Washington Post Book World)
“A must-have for any serious mystery fan, this edition will stand as the benchmark for generations to come.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A vast work of entertaining ingenuity and erudition.” (Boston Globe)
“Even the sleuth of Baker Street would be awed by the ingenious deductions and dazzling speculations of modern Sherlockian scholarship.” (Michael Dirda)
“Hailed as the definitive exegesis of Holmes and his times.” (Mark Weingarten - The New York Times)
“A feast for any fans of the greatest detective who ever stalked the earth.” (Maureen Corrigan - Fresh Air)
Great Book for the Collected works of THE Sherlock Holmes. Very cool hardback book that compliments the other volume you can buy that complete the silhouette of Mr. Holmes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Benjamin L.
The book itself is one of the best annotated I've ever seen. Holmes fan or not, the historical and just plain fascinating nature of the book is phenomenal. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sherlock Holmes
Got this for my father-in-law as he's a huge Sherlock fan. I've never read any of them, though I did read this book a bit before giving it to him! Read morePublished 9 months ago by romevi
The item arrived in a dirty and dusty condition. It's an excellent book content-wise.Published 12 months ago by Judith E. Harper
In meticulous style, this volume (as are the other two companion volumes) is spaciously annotated and citing backgrounds, side plot discussions, and commentary on plot twists... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Earl
It is critical that you read the Holmes stories in the context of where abd wren they took place, and this book does that and more..Published 20 months ago by R. A. Simon
Gorgeous edition, and incredible annotations. I've read all of Sherlock Holmes several times throughout my life. Read morePublished 22 months ago by S
I have read them all a long time ago, but what is really neat is having the cross referencing about a whole lot of stuff That I did not know. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Leslie Gibbons