Baskerville by John O'Connell
The Mysterious Tale of Sherlock's Return

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...Doyle claimed in later years that Robinson supplied only the idea for the plot, while in this retelling, Robinson composes a draft of what he calls The Wolf of the Baskervilles, which has a solution that Doyle ridicules. Serious Sherlockians will best appreciate this uneven mix of fact and fiction.
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Based on true events in the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this darkly thrilling tale of friendship, rivalry, and ambition tells the backstory of how one of the world’s most celebrated mysteries came to be written.

Dartmoor, 1900. Two friends are roaming the moors: Arthur Conan Doyle – the most famous novelist of his age – who has recently killed off his most popular creation, Sherlock Holmes; and Bertram Fletcher Robinson – Holmes aficionado and editor of the Daily Express.

They are researching a detective novel, a collaboration starring a new hero, set in the eerie stillness of ancient West Country moorland, and featuring a monstrous dog. They already have a title…

London, 1902. The Hound of the Baskervilles is published, featuring Sherlock Holmes back from the dead. Conan Doyle and Fletcher Robinson have not spoken for two years and the book is credited to just one author. It will become one of the most famous stories ever written. But who really wrote it? And what really happened on those moors, to drive the two friends apart?
 

About John O'Connell

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John O’Connell worked for several years at Time Out. He now writes, mostly about books, for The Times, The Guardian, New Statesman, and The National. He lives with his family in south London.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Atria Books/Marble Arch Press. 194 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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...Doyle claimed in later years that Robinson supplied only the idea for the plot, while in this retelling, Robinson composes a draft of what he calls The Wolf of the Baskervilles, which has a solution that Doyle ridicules. Serious Sherlockians will best appreciate this uneven mix of fact and fiction.

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