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Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles

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A playfully brilliant re-creation of one of the most-loved detective stories of all time; the companion book no Holmes fan should be without.

Eliminate the impossible, Holmes said, and whatever is left must be the solution. But as Pierre Bayard finds in this dazzling reinvestigation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, sometimes the master missed his mark. Using the last thoughts of the murder victim as his key, Bayard unravels the case, leading the reader to the astonishing conclusion that Holmes - and, in fact, Arthur Conan Doyle - got things all wrong: The killer is not at all who they said it was.

Part intellectual entertainment, part love letter to crime novels, and part crime novel in itself, Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong turns one of our most beloved stories delightfully on its head. Examining the many facets of the case and illuminating the bizarre interstices between Doyle's fiction and the real world, Bayard demonstrates a whole new way of reading mysteries: a kind of detective criticism that allows readers to outsmart not only the criminals in the stories we love, but also the heroes — and sometimes even the writers.

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In this playfully brilliant re-creation of one of the most-loved detective stories of all time, Bayard examines the many facets of the case and illuminates the bizarre interstices between Doyle's fiction and the real world.

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“With wit and careful analysis, Bayard makes a convincing case…This slim yet satisfying inquiry will make readers eager to pick up the classic mystery and test Bayards methods for themselves.”—Los Angeles Times

In his brilliant reinvestigation of the classic case of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Pierre Bayard uses the last thoughts of the murder victim as his key to unravel the mystery, leading the reader to the astonishing conclusion that Holmes—and, in fact, Arthur Conan Doyle—got things all wrong. Part intellectual entertainment, part love letter to crime novels, and part crime novel in itself, Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong turns one of our most beloved stories delightfully on its head.

About the Author

Pierre Bayard is a professor of French literature at the University of Paris VIII and a psychoanalyst. He is the author of Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?, and many other books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596916449
Author:
Bayard, Pierre
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Translator:
Mandell, Charlotte
Subject:
Mystery & Detective Fiction
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.84 x 5.21 x 0.51 in

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"Synopsis" by , In this playfully brilliant re-creation of one of the most-loved detective stories of all time, Bayard examines the many facets of the case and illuminates the bizarre interstices between Doyle's fiction and the real world.
"Synopsis" by ,
“With wit and careful analysis, Bayard makes a convincing case…This slim yet satisfying inquiry will make readers eager to pick up the classic mystery and test Bayards methods for themselves.”—Los Angeles Times

In his brilliant reinvestigation of the classic case of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Pierre Bayard uses the last thoughts of the murder victim as his key to unravel the mystery, leading the reader to the astonishing conclusion that Holmes—and, in fact, Arthur Conan Doyle—got things all wrong. Part intellectual entertainment, part love letter to crime novels, and part crime novel in itself, Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong turns one of our most beloved stories delightfully on its head.

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