The Devil & Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness & Obsession by David GrannAcclaimed New Yorker writer and author of the breakout debut bestseller The Lost City of Z, David Grann offers a collection of spellbinding narrative journalism.
Whether hes reporting on the infiltration of the murderous Aryan Brotherhood into the U.S. prison system, tracking down a chameleon con artist in Europe, or riding in a cyclone-tossed skiff with a scientist hunting the elusive giant squid, David Grann revels in telling stories that explore the nature of obsession and that piece together true and unforgettable mysteries.
Each of the dozen stories in this collection reveals a hidden and often dangerous world and, like Into Thin Air and The Orchid Thief, pivots around the gravitational pull of obsession and the captivating personalities of those caught in its grip. There is the worlds foremost expert on Sherlock Holmes who is found dead in mysterious circumstances; an arson sleuth trying to prove that a man about to be executed is innocent, and sandhogs racing to complete the brutally dangerous job of building New York Citys water tunnels before the old system collapses. Throughout, Granns hypnotic accounts display the power-and often the willful perversity-of the human spirit.
Compulsively readable, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant mosaic of ambition, madness, passion, and folly.
The Devil & Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness & Obsession
Rate this book. Acclaimed New Yorker writer and author of the breakout debut bestseller The Lost City of Z , David Grann offers a collection of spellbinding narrative journalism. Each of the dozen stories in this collection reveals a hidden and often dangerous world and, like Into Thin Air and The Orchid Thief , pivots around the gravitational pull of obsession and the captivating personalities of those caught in its grip. Compulsively readable, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant mosaic of ambition, madness, passion, and folly. Click to the right or left of the sample to turn the page. If no book jacket appears in a few seconds, then we don't have an excerpt of this book or your browser is unable to display it.
As Sherlock Holmes once conceded to Dr. Although Holmes is the subject of just one of the mesmerizing true stories in this collection, all twelve contain elements of intrigue. Many of the protagonists are sleuths: a Polish detective trying to determine whether an author planted clues to a real murder in his post-modern novel; an arson investigator racing to prove whether a man about to be executed is innocent; a legendary French con man questioning whether he is the one who is suddenly being conned; and scientists stalking a sea monster. Unlike the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, these tales are all true. The protagonists are mortal and pieces of the puzzle often elude them. Some of the characters are driven to deception and murder. Others go mad.
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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession ( ) is a collection of 12 essays by American journalist David Grann.
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Look Inside. Mar 09, Minutes Buy. Jan 11, ISBN Mar 09, ISBN Mar 09, Minutes. Whether David Grann is investigating a mysterious murder, tracking a chameleon-like con artist, or hunting an elusive giant squid, he has proven to be one of the most gifted reporters and storytellers of his generation.
Four of the stories have been filmed or optioned, and five of the stories have been collected in other "best" anthology volumes. These straightforward tales grip you as unrelentingly as the suckered appendages of the giant squid Grann attempts to track down in 'The Squid Hunter. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Devil and Sherlock Holmes Kindle cover. Via "Accessmylibrary. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 25,