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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession (Hardcover)

Author:  David Grann
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0385517920
ISBN-13: 9780385517928
Sku: 212124054
Publish Date: 3/9/2010
Pages:  338
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Acclaimed "New Yorker" writer and author of the breakout debut bestseller "The Lost City of Z" offers a collection of spellbinding short stories. Throughout, Grann''s hypnotic accounts display the power--and often the willful perversity--of the human spirit.
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Collection of the journalist's articles previously published in varous periodicals.
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.


"The sign of a lasting work of nonfiction is that it's still a gripping read years after its original publication has been consigned to the recycling bin. These pieces, without exception, meet that test....[Y]ou can learn a lot from this book, about subjects you'd probably never pursue on your own, such as stealing bases and building water tunnels and the history and reach of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang. Obsessives get themselves into some interesting places. Grann is the perfect guide to take you there." - Christine Thomas 03/07/2010

"[B]y turns horrifying, hilarious, and outlandish....These straightforward tales grip you as unrelentingly as the suckered appendages of the giant squid Grann attempts to track down in 'The Squid Hunter.' " - Keith Staskiewicz 03/19/2010

"Grann's obsession with how narratives are told is complex and compelling, and he's a fine stylist, in that readable, unfussy New Yorker way. But it's the basic stories themselves--bizarre and fascinating, bolstered by exhaustive research--that make the book so gripping." - Max Read 03/18/2010

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0338
Product attributePublisher:   Doubleday Books
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