||In his runaway bestseller THE LOST CITY OF Z, David Grann detailed how he became obsessed with an eccentric explorer named Percy Harrison Fawcett, who had been the subject of an article that Grann had written for the New Yorker. In this follow-up, Grann compiles 12 of his previously published journalistic pieces, all of which cover similarly odd (and riveting) characters and topics which could have potentially been expanded into a whole shelf full of bestsellers. In the title story, Grann dons his deerstalker hat to investigate the strange case of a rabid Sherlock Holmes aficionado who was garroted to death while writing a biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Grann examines the smoke and mirrors behind the delicate art of arson forensics in "Trial by Fire," as he tells the gut-wrenching story of a Texas man who is awaiting execution based on dubious evidence that he started the fire which killed his three children. Other oddities documented by Grann include an elderly man who left his wife in order to rob a bank (and then escaped from San Quentin prison), a New York firefighter who was the only one of his company to survive the attacks of September 11 (but can't remember how or what happened), and a modern-day Ahab who is obsessed with hunting down a giant squid.