Sherlock Holmes and his biographer, Dr. John Watson, are summoned to the presence of the consulting detective's brother, Mycroft, who demands that Sherlock should appear to retire from his practice, so that he can 'go undercover' in an anarchist group in East London. To Holmes's surprise the revolutionaries are led by an old adversary and, after the nihilists are dispersed, further clues led to yet another old enemy. The trail takes Holmes and Watson to Cornwall, where they find a macabre death in a private zoo and are nearly accused of murder. The pursuit leads Holmes to the court of the Tsar of all the Russians, where a demonstration of a weapon of unbelievable power takes place. In fact, the device is so earth-shattering that the Tsar refuses to accept that it was possible and dismisses its inventor, who turns his threats on London. Back in Baker Street, Holmes is confronted by the potential destruction of the capital and, with the active support of the Government (whose liaison officer with Baker Street is the young Winston Churchill), arranges the evacuation of London, although, at the last moment, the device is neutralized.
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Austin Mitchelson was born in 1945. He has worded as a reporter in Fleet Street, a radio news presenter, and a television producer. He has written and produced several radio plays, including an adaptation of The Blue Carbuncle, in which he took the part of Sherlock Holmes. In 1979 he produced a one-hour radio documentary, The Case of the Amateur Detective, which looked at the continuing interest in Holmes. He is the co-author of two Sherlock Holmes pastiche novels, The Earthquake Machine and The Hellbirds, and each of which sold more than 50,000 copies in the United States and were translated into several foreign languages.
Nicholas Utechin is an Honorary Member of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London and edited its Journal from 1976-2006. He is also a member of the American Baker Street Irregulars and is distantly related to the great film portrayer of Holmes, Basil Rathbone. Nicholas is a freelance journalist and broadcaster and was a senior producer on BBC Radio 4.
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Book Description Ian Henry Publications Ltd, 1994. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Brand new copy. Bookseller Inventory # 028236
Book Description Empire Pub Service, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0860252833