In a rare display of contempt for the law in order to uphold his own personal code of ethics, Sherlock Holmes conspires with Watson to burglarize a man who holds compromising documents he plans on using to blackmail London women, ruining lives if he is not paid. The story stands out in many ways as unique in the Holmes cannon, for the detective's hatred of its villain and for the subjective morality of its ending. Edward Raleigh performs the audiobook with the diction of a stage play and the dry intelligence of Holmes at the forefront.
Holmes is hired by the débutante Lady Eva Blackwell to retrieve compromising letters from a blackmail artist named Charles Augustus Milverton, a man who causes Holmes more revulsion than any of the 50-odd murderers in his career.
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