The Devil and Sherlock Holmes

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes

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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. Whether hea€™s 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 worlda€™s 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 Citya€™s water tunnels before the old system collapses. Throughout, Granna€™s hypnotic accounts display the powera€”and often the willful perversitya€”of the human spirit. Compulsively readable, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant mosaic of ambition, madness, passion, and folly. From the Hardcover edition.To be accepted, according to Thompson and other gang members, each recruit had to a€œmake his bones, a€ which often meant ... He was a€œbrandeda€ with a homemade tattoo gun (which inmates made out ofa beard trimmer sold at the commissary, anbsp;...

Title:The Devil and Sherlock Holmes
Author:David Grann
Publisher:Vintage - 2010-03-09


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