In Re: Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures of Solar Pons
DescriptionOnce again in old London, "the game is afoot." In these pastiches of the Sacred Writings, written when he was nineteen and twenty, August Derleth has recreated the London of Sherlock Holmes. It does not matter that the familiar name has become Solar Pons, or that the familiar Baker Street has become Praed Street - something of the nostalgic charm and fascination, of the remembered quickening of the pulse and the familiar settings of the original London of Sherlock Holmes, has been recaptured in these pages. And what intriguing titles there arc to these twelve pastiches, chosen from among a greater number! Here are "The Adventure of the Frightened Baronet" - about a spectral image of Siva seen at a country estate beyond London; "The Adventure of the Purloined Periapt" - which is the purest of pastiches and perhaps the closest of all the tales in this book to the original spirit; "The Adventure of the Norcross Riddle" -containing some of the neatest deduction in the book; "The Adventure of the Man with the Broken Face" - a tale of "dark waters"; and eight others. "No doubt," writes Vincent Starrett in his Introduction, "we - and by we, I mean those frantic and incurable Sherlockians who, with August Derleth, deplore the paucity of canonical entertainments - should rather have more of the great originals, but we accept the imitations, faute de mieux, to satisfy a normal appetite. And we accept them with enthusiasm. They are the work of affectionate minds and hands. There is no intention to deceive. These stories, and others in their field, are intended only to please. They are nostalgic reminders of vanished days and nights in Baker Street."
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June 14, 2018
6.0 X 0.61 X 9.0 inches | 0.86 pounds
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