True Crime Files of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

9780756783679: True Crime Files of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the legendary author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, didn't just dwell in the imaginary world of fictional crimes. He also got involved with two real-life criminal cases-and wrote about them.

Now, "The Case of George Ernest Thompson Edalji" and "The Case of Oscar Slater" are presented in their entirety as originally written, and collected here for the first time in one volume, for true crime readers, legal-thriller fans, history buffs-and all the Sherlock Holmes fans who want to know more about the mind behind their favorite literary detective.

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It might come as no surprise that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, after creating the first world-renowned fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, started to believe that he could solve real-life crimes. What is surprising is that Doyle was sometimes successful. While the muscular, mustachioed author and his thin, hawk-nosed character would never have been mistaken for one another, they did share an abhorrence for injustice. And Doyle's association as a student with a medical professor named Joseph Bell--who, through close observation, could deduce extraordinary amounts of information from his patients--gave him both a model for the brilliant Holmes and an appreciation for careful forensic methodology.

The True Crime Files of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle focuses on a couple of curious British cases, both involving men Doyle believed were innocent. The first, which drew Doyle's attention in 1906, involved a shy half-British, half-Indian lawyer named George Edalji, who'd allegedly penned threatening letters and mutilated animals. Police were dead set on Edalji's guilt, though the mutilations continued even after their suspect was jailed. The second case examined here--that of Oscar Slater, a German Jew and gambling-den operator convicted of bludgeoning an 82-year-old woman in 1908--excited Doyle's curiosity because of inconsistencies in the prosecution case and a general sense that Slater was framed.

Editor Stephen Hines has compiled Doyle's passionate writings about these criminal probes as well as myriad missives to the press and other background material. This accumulation of arcana will delight passionate Doyle fans, though it's probably too much for the average reader, who may be satisfied with Steven Womack's introductory synopsis. --J. Kingston Pierce

About the Author:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the creator of the classic detective stories of Sherlock Holmes and a prolific writer of science fiction, fantasy, horror, historical fiction, political tomes, and polemics.

Stephen Hines is a "literary prospector" who recently unearthed lost material of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Louisa May Alcott.

Steven Womack is a noted mystery writer whose books have been chosen as New York Times Notables, as well as a recipient of the prestigious Edgar and Shamus Awards.

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