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Sherlock Holmes in Dallas Hardcover – 1980

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Dodd, Mead; First Edition edition (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0396079040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0396079040
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,350,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Other than the other critical reviews, readers may not be aware of errors in the book :

(1) Paragraph on Oswald's discharge
Examples:
John Connally, as Secretary of the Navy is listed as signing the discharge. Secretary of the Navy does not sign discharge papers.
Discharge is dated 1960. Connally was Secretary of the Navy in 1961.
Discharge is signed by an officer in the Marine Corps.
Discharge is not "Dishonorable"- Correct term is "Undesireable."
Granted that Oswald may have had an issue with Connally, but it was not that Connally's signature appeared on his discharge.

(2) Descriptons of places in Dallas and Irving
Examples :
Area around Oswald's rooming house is listed as having liquour stores. This in Oak Cliff, a "dry" area of Dallas were liquour sales are prohibited.
Quiet, ordonary Middle Class residential area in suburb of Irving is listed as "characterless" and "mean surroundings."
Another ordinary residential area near a Public High School in Dallas is listed as having "a sense of brutality underlying."
Dallas is listed as "a strange restless city" with "an atmosphere of menace."
There are several other areas which are completely erroneous.

Although the book has received rave reviews from a number of professional reviewers, some readers have different opinions :
(1) Some reported buying the book because it had "Sherlock Holmes" and/or "In Dallas" in the title.
(2) Some reported it as a curiosity because they purchased it a "bargain price."
(3) Some aficianados of the original works reported they were disappointed in the manner the characters of Holmes and Watson were presented.
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Granted, the author has done a lot of research into the JFK assassination and has clearly developed his own conspiracy theory. But tricking anyone into reading it by inserting an aged Sherlock Holmes as the investigator of the events, well, that's a miserable thing to do. It'd be acceptable if the writer had some minor grasp of Holmes, and the style in which he deserves to be presented, but his portrayal of Holmes and Watson here is as accurate as the cartoon Three Stooges were to the real thing. In short, one of the worst books I've ever read.
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Suspense but logical in the spirit of a Sherlock Holmes adventure. A bounty of new "words" to look up. A historical event revisited.
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