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The Night Calls: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes | [David Pirie]

The Night Calls: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes

As a young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle - the creator of Sherlock Holmes - studied under the pioneering forensic investigator Dr. Joseph Bell. Critically acclaimed author David Pirie has created an engrossing series of novels that pairs the two as partners in criminal investigations in the dark underworlds of Victorian England. The Night Calls chronicles a most frightening and disturbing case: their encounter with the man who prefigures Holmes's arch-nemesis Moriarty.
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Publisher's Summary

As a young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle - the creator of Sherlock Holmes - studied under the pioneering forensic investigator Dr. Joseph Bell. Critically acclaimed author David Pirie has created an engrossing series of novels that pairs the two as partners in criminal investigations in the dark underworlds of Victorian England.

The Night Calls chronicles a most frightening and disturbing case: their encounter with the man who prefigures Holmes's arch-nemesis Moriarty. This literary tour de force takes Doyle and Bell from the heart of old Edinburgh to the depths of London's most violent streets, where they confront this villainous reprobate who is as brilliant as he is merciless.

©2002 David Pirie (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Ranks with the best of the Doyle canon." (Times Literary Supplement)

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    Different narrator


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More complexity. More red herrings, even.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's accents were atrocious. The Scottish sounded like Romanian (or something), the American/Canadian was all over the place. And why did he have to yell every time one of the Scots spoke? It was distracting, to say the least.


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    I'm 3/4 of the way through and may not be able to finish because I can't really pay attention to the story with all the ridiculous accents being hurled at me.

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    ReadingRider California 06-08-14
    ReadingRider California 06-08-14

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    Perhaps my expectations were too high, but The Night Calls simply did not get any traction with me. I wanted so much to love this book, but I found it tedious and - as another reader wrote - "annoying." This said, if you are looking for Dickens-like detail, this is probably a book you would enjoy. The writing is excellent, BTW, just not my cup of tea. I suggest anyone read the reviews on Amazon before purchasing this book, so you know what you are getting into.

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