His Last Bow – Arthur Conan Doyle
A retired Sherlock Holmes is drawn once more by Conan Doyle into the absorbing work of mystery by the rumblings of war which make him feel a duty to his country—though we secretly believe he was bored to death and hailed with delight any excuse to train his mental guns again! However, Mr. Holmes does not confine his detective work to international affairs alone — there was that little affair of the cardboard box containing two human ears, the curious case of Voodooism in England, and the time when Dr. Watson becomes so alarmed by the disguise that his friend assumes. Grotesqueries and brain twisting situations excite our wonder, torture our curiosity and often thrill that particular portion of the spine, which is reserved for gruesomeness and horror.
His Last Bow.
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Short biography of the author (from Wikipedia):
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels about Holmes and Dr. Watson. In addition, Doyle wrote over fifty short stories featuring the famous detective.
The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. Doyle is also known for writing the fictional adventures of Professor Challenger and for propagating the mystery of the Mary Celeste. He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.
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