Conan Doyle, Detective: The True Crimes Investigated by the Creator of Sherlock Holmes

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Arthur Conan Doyle did not rely on imagination for the amazing cases tackled by his hero, Sherlock Holmes, after all. Drawing on new research that follows the tracks the author left in the real world, Peter Costello details how Conan Doyle’s fictional outpourings were the direct result of his hidden career as an amateur detective and criminologist. This fascinating book shows how many of Holmes’s methods of deduction were actually methods his creator used to solve real crimes, and how real-life Scotland Yard had a Sherlock Holmes of its own: Arthur Conan Doyle.

Eight pages of rare photographs are featured in this updated, revised edition of The Real World of Sherlock Holmes.

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Peter Costello, author of the highly acclaimed Life of Joyce among other works, also contributed to a wide range of journals, among them the Dublin Sunday Independent and the Irish Literary Supplement.

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Costello (James Joyce), an Irish writer, presents a welcome study of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's active work as an amateur sleuth. Costello makes the intriguing (if not entirely convincing) claim that Doyle's brief status as the subject of a police inquiry into the death of a young man under his care (and under his roof) led to his interest in crime and eventually to the creation of the world's most famous fictional sleuth. The book's strengths lie in its wide scope, encompassing not only celebrated cases where Doyle undertook heroic efforts to clear innocents such as Oscar Slater and George Edalji but more obscure matters where local authorities around the world appealed to Sir Arthur for insight. However, in some instances, the treatment is superficial, as in the section on Jack the Ripper, where Costello lends credence to some widely discredited theories, and where Doyle's role was merely that of an armchair speculator. Still, this is likely to be the standard reference on the subject for now. (Dec. 1)
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