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The Complete Casefiles of the Great Detective,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Complete Sherlock Holmes (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Back in 1930, Doubleday published all the Holmes stories in a two volume set as a memorial to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who had just died. I assume this volume is a reprint of that memorial edition. I read all the Holmes stories as a child and have revisited them again and again as an adult. The stories are generally engaging, well crafted, and satisfying.
Watson, Holmes' Boswell, is an excellent story teller and a good, solid man of action, someone you'd want at your side in a difficult situation. His intellect is good, although not of the first magnitude. Holmes does not cut as pleasing a figure. Although he is vain, arrogant, and just a little strange, his powers of observation, superb application of logic to the detection of crime, and many other talents (boxing, fencing, chemistry, etc.) make you willing to forget his vanity. As a state prosecutor who sometimes becomes involved in the detection of crime, I have had occasion to apply some of his maxims of crime detection. My favorite, and one which has served me well over the years goes something like this: "When you eliminate the impossible, then whatever is left, no matter how improbable, is what must have happened."
Doyle really didn't like writing Sherlock Holmes, so he peremptorily killed Holmes off halfway through the series. The resulting clamor from Holmes' fans was so great that after a hiatus of several years, Doyle began to publish "reminisences" of cases Holmes worked before his death. Eventually, in "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" we discover that Holmes really survived the attempt on his life and was merely "laying low" for a time. The adventures resume, but the quality of writing after his return was never the same. Some wit observed that Holmes may have survived the attempt on his life, but he was never quite the same afterwards.
Even when Holmes is not at his best, he's quite good enough to outdo any of the modern mystery detectives. Those who may come closest to him are Dashiel Hammet's Continental Op, Randall Garrett's Lord Darcy, and John Mortimer's Horace Rumpole.