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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed New Yorker writer and author of the breakout debut best seller The Lost City of Z, David Grann offers a collection of spellbinding narrative journalism.

Whether hes reporting on the infiltration of the murderous Aryan Brotherhood into the U.S. prison system, tracking down a chameleon con artist in Europe, or riding in a cyclone-tossed skiff with a scientist hunting the elusive giant squid, David Grann revels in telling stories that explore the nature of obsession and that piece together true and unforgettable mysteries.

Each of the dozen stories in this collection reveals a hidden and often dangerous world and, like Into Thin Air and The Orchid Thief, pivots around the gravitational pull of obsession and the captivating personalities of those caught in its grip. There is the world's foremost expert on Sherlock Holmes who is found dead in mysterious circumstances; an arson sleuth trying to prove that a man about to be executed is innocent; and sandhogs racing to complete the brutally dangerous job of building New York City's water tunnels before the old system collapses. Throughout, Grann's hypnotic accounts display the power and often the willful perversityof the human spirit.

Compulsively listenable, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant mosaic of ambition, madness, passion, and folly.

©2010 David Grann (P)2010 Random House

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  • William
  • New Port Richey, FL, United States
  • 04-19-10

One good story, but mostly ho hum.....

Overall, I can't really recommend this book. I found only a couple of the stories really interesting. My favorite was the story of the sand hogs and New York's water storage system. For the most part you can hear more interesting stories on weekly TV news magazines, such as 60 Minutes. The rather dull narration hurt the book and the lack of distinct pauses, breaks or lead-in's between stories was also annoying. If I had it to do over, I'm not sure I'd buy this book. The premise was promising, but the author didn't really deliver as promised. Sherlock Holmes was much more exciting than this guy.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Dexter, MI, United States
  • 08-02-10

A box of nonfiction candy

This is one you can dip into whenever you feel like it and enjoy it. Strong narration.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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An excellent listen!

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I awaited each new chapter wondering what the next topic was going to be. The narrator did an excellent job. I was sad when it ended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great stories... But rather random

I thought this book would connect Sherlock a lot more, though it is well written, and the stories are captivating. I think the title should include " short stories of..."

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Interesting style

Thoroughly enjoyed this compendium of short stories. Some, I enjoyed more than others. Just a bit disappointed that there wasn't more on the Sherlock Holmes note. Sometimes the role of Holmes in the big picture could be confusing. All the same, I think I liked this piece because it is so different. Learned a lot. I like Grann's literary style.

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  • Dorothy
  • Jersey Ciy, NJ, United States
  • 06-19-12

Misrepresentation

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't think anyone would enjoy it more.

What was most disappointing about David Grann’s story?

The title misrepresents the book. To mention Sherlock Holmes in the title, one would, when reading the title, expect to find out of 12 stories, at least 25% of Sherlock Holmes. <br/><br/>So the author adds some short quote from Holmes stories...!!! This does not give the right to represent the book as ...and Sherlock Holmes".....

Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

This question does not compute when you consider this book had 12 stories in it and I was looking for Sherlock Holmes stories.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Devil and Sherlock Holmes?

Anything that had nothing to do with Holmes, so 95% of the book would be cut.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your money if you are looking for Holmes stories.

4 of 19 people found this review helpful