The Devil and Sherlock Holmes This collection of David Grann's nonfiction, much of it from The New Yorker , is by turns horrifying, hilarious, and outlandish. There's the Holmesian case… The Devil and Sherlock Holmes This collection of David Grann's nonfiction, much of it from The New Yorker , is by turns horrifying, hilarious, and outlandish. There's the Holmesian case… 2010-03-09 Essays Nonfiction Doubleday
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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes (2010)

David Grann, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes | The Devil and Sherlock Holmes by David Grann
The Devil and Sherlock Holmes by David Grann
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Details Release Date: Mar 09, 2010; Writer: David Grann; Genres: Essays, Nonfiction; Publisher: Doubleday

This collection of David Grann's nonfiction, much of it from The New Yorker, is by turns horrifying, hilarious, and outlandish. There's the Holmesian case of a garroted Arthur Conan Doyle expert; a Frenchman in his 20s who cons an American family into thinking he is their missing teenage son; a 9/11 firefighter who cannot recall the attacks. In The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, these straightforward tales grip you as unrelentingly as the suckered appendages of the giant squid Grann attempts to track down in ''The Squid Hunter.'' You might feel that some of the pieces skirt credibility, but remember, as Holmes himself once said, ''Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.'' A

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Originally posted Mar 09, 2010 Published in issue #1094 Mar 19, 2010 Order article reprints