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Sherlock Holmes in Dallas Hardcover – 1980
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
An examination of the investigation into the Kennedy assassination as if performed by Sherlock Holmes; a scholarly analysis presented in a fictional and readable format.
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(1) Paragraph on Oswald's discharge
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
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.
(4) Some residents reported they were disapponted that errors about those areas or lack of factual information was not presented.
(5) Some readers reported that they were disappointed in that the title of the book was misleading since there was little of "the true 'Sherlock Holmes'" or "the true "In Dallas'" in the book .
If the author had put as much research into the character development of "Sherlock Holmes" and " In Dallas" as he did in his research on assassination details and conspiracy, the book would have been much better.
The author has repeatedly complained of these critical reviews and perhaps apologies are in order. Perhaps he may just be excused because he was just writing about persons, places and things of which he had a lacking of familiarity. It was unfortunate that they were just lacking.
I am upgrading my rating just to give him the benefit of the doubt.
But the saving grace of the book is the meticulous detail by the author in presenting assassination events and conspiracy theories. The 3 star rating is an attempt to balance the good and the bad. If only the author had taken a bit more effort in getting a few things right.
You might just consider the criticisms in reference to the errors as just a bad case of nit-picking.....or OCD by this reviewer.....LOL
Still hoping to to contact the author. My mailing address has not changed. I still have some unanswered questions. And not un-friendly.