His Last Bow

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Cosimo, Inc., Jan 1, 2008 - Fiction - 196 pages
Gathering together in one volume the later exploits of the saga of Sherlock Holmes, the world's first consulting detective, His Last Bow includes tales published individually between 1908 and 1917, plus one early story, 1892's "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box," previously considered too "scandalous" for American audiences, with its themes of adultery.Here, Holmes must contend with mysterious bearded men, stolen secret submarine plans, a missing lady aristocrat, and his own near-fatal illness in stories including: . "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge." "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box." "The Adventure of the Red Circle." "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans." "The Adventure of the Dying Detective." "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax." "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot." "His Last Bow"Scottish surgeon and political activist SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (1859-1930) turned his passions into stories and novels, producing fiction and nonfiction works sometimes controversial (The Great Boer War, 1900), sometimes fanciful (The Coming of the Fairies, 1922), and sometimes legendary (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1892).
 

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I prefer these longer stories over the earlier ones, but I like the character development in the earliest books the best. More Holmes and Watson is always a good thing. Read full review

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His Last Bow
7
2 The Tiger of San Pedro
20
THE ADVENTURE OF THE CARDBOARD BOX
38
THE ADVENTURE OF THE RED CIRCLE
60
THE ADVENTURE OF THE BRUCEPARTINGTON PLANS
80
THE ADVENTURE OF THE DYING DETECTIVE
110
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF LADY FRANCES CARFAX
127
THE ADVENTURE OF THE DEVILS FOOT
148
HIS LAST BOW
175
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The most famous fictional detective in the world is Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. However, Doyle was, at best, ambivalent about his immensely successful literary creation and, at worst, resentful that his more "serious" fiction was relatively ignored. Born in Edinburgh, Doyle studied medicine from 1876 to 1881 and received his M.D. in 1885. He worked as a military physician in South Africa during the Boer War and was knighted in 1902 for his exceptional service. Doyle was drawn to writing at an early age. Although he attempted to enter private practice in Southsea, Portsmouth, in 1882, he soon turned to writing in his spare time; it eventually became his profession. As a Liberal Unionist, Doyle ran, unsuccessfully, for Parliament in 1903. During his later years, Doyle became an avowed spiritualist. Doyle sold his first story, "The Mystery of the Sasassa Valley," to Chambers' Journal in 1879. When Doyle published the novel, A Study in Scarlet in 1887, Sherlock Holmes was introduced to an avid public. Doyle is reputed to have used one of his medical professors, Dr. Joseph Bell, as a model for Holmes's character. Eventually, Doyle wrote three additional Holmes novels and five collections of Holmes short stories. A brilliant, though somewhat eccentric, detective, Holmes employs scientific methods of observation and deduction to solve the mysteries that he investigates. Although an "amateur" private detective, he is frequently called upon by Scotland Yard for assistance. Holmes's assistant, the faithful Dr. Watson, provides a striking contrast to Holmes's brilliant intellect and, in Doyle's day at least, serves as a character with whom the reader can readily identify. Having tired of Holmes's popularity, Doyle even tried to kill the great detective in "The Final Problem" but was forced by an outraged public to resurrect him in 1903. Although Holmes remained Doyle's most popular literary creation, Doyle wrote prolifically in other genres, including historical adventure, science fiction, and supernatural fiction. Despite Doyle's sometimes careless writing, he was a superb storyteller. His great skill as a popular author lay in his technique of involving readers in his highly entertaining adventures.

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