It is hard to imagine a world without Sherlock Holmes. He seems to us now to have always been here; it was merely for Arthur Conan Doyle to reveal the proof of Holmes's existence, and the truth of him was plain. This volume collects his most memorable and intriguing cases—a dozen adventures and a dozen memoirs—in which Holmes and Dr. Watson uncover masked strangers, ingenious heists, murderous plots, and hidden jewels.
"Arthur Conan Doyle is unique in simultaneously bringing the curtain down on an era and raising one on another, ushering in a genre of writing that, while imitated and expanded, has never been surpassed.... Personally, I would walk a mile in tight boots to read him to the milkman."—Stephen Fry