Sherlock Holmes and the Voice from the Crypt by Donald Thomas
And Other Tales

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The famous tin box in the attic of the house on Baker Street is again unlocked in this new collection of tales contrived by the ingenious Donald Thomas. As in Thomas’s successful previous collection, The Secret Cases of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson presents six cases of real-life crime that he has uncovered in the unpublished papers of the world’s most celebrated detective. Crossing historical fact with inventive fiction, Thomas introduces Holmes in these stories to such controversial clients as Oscar Wilde and Dr. Crippen. Holmes also meets and is himself arrested by his future ally, Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard. In these tales, a grim discovery lies behind the scandal of naked bicyclists in rural Essex; the deceptions of a military swindler lead to the execution shed; a young woman goes missing with a minor criminal, whom only Holmes believes to be the most dangerous psychopath of modern times; and a “Talking Corpse” unveils horror in the Lambeth slums. In all, the Great Detective appears at his most determinedly deductive and downright devious. “It is all Holmes, sweet Holmes for the premier sleuth’s many fans.”—Booklist
 

About Donald Thomas

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Donald Thomas is the author of "The Raising of Lizzie Meek" and "Victorian Underworld" (NYU Press, 1998), which was short-listed for the Golden Dagger Award. He is also the author of seven biographies, including "Cardigan of Balaclava" and "Cochrane: Britannia's Sea-Wolf". He holds a personal chair at Cardiff University in Wales.
 
Published March 12, 2002 by Carroll & Graf. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Now it can be told: Sherlock Holmes starred in still more real-life adventures, bringing to book such varied miscreants as the serial poisoner Dr. Thomas Neill Cream and the brides-in-the-bath killer George Joseph Smith.

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A dramatic improvement over British author Thomas's first collection of Holmes pastiches, The Secret Cases of Sherlock Holmes (1998), this second story compe

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Henry James's The Turn of the Screw provides the inspiration for the lengthy title tale of Thomas's superb fifth collection of Sherlock Holmes pastiches (after 2009's Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil).

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Master pasticher Thomas demonstrates that his gifts at creating new Holmes short stories, most recently in 2010’s Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly, extend to the harder task of sustaining character, atmosphere, and plot over a full-length novel, something that Conan Doyle himself struggled...

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Readers of a Sherlock Holmes pastiche have every right to expect a reasonable iteration of Conan Doyle's original creation, a detective whose essential humanity is cloaked in aloofness and whose superior intellect serves a passion to expose crimes.

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A dramatic improvement over British author Thomas's first collection of Holmes pastiches, The Secret Cases of Sherlock Holmes (1998), this second story compendium continues to feature the great detective investigating true-life crimes.

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