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The Devil and Sherlock Holmesby David Grann
Synopses & Reviews
It's Eleanor who starts the Friday nights. From her scruffy house in Fulham she observes two young women with small children, separate — struggling and plainly lonely — and decides to invite them in and see what happens. What happens is that these very different women, Eleanor, Paula and Lindsay, are joined by three more: Jules, Blaise and Karen. Together they make up one retired professional, one budding DJ, one frazzled wife, three mothers, three singletons and five working women. Slowly, gradually and despite vast differences in background and circumstance, a group forms: a sorority of sorts, and a circle of friends.
It is only when Paula meets Jackson, an enigmatic, powerful and seductive man, that the bonds that have been so closely forged are put to the test; jealousies, rivalries, even infidelities threaten everything the women have between them, even their Friday nights. Harmony is eventually restored, but not without its price: Paula must confront some unsavory truths about her relationships; Karen must completely reevaluate her priorities in life; Blaise must meet new challenges; Eleanor must admit she needs help at home; Jules has some growing up to do; and Lindsay needs a little love in her life ... With wit and warmth, Joanna Trollope explores the complexities, the sabotages, and the shifting currents of modern friendship.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Acclaimed "New Yorker" writer and author of the breakout debut bestseller "The Lost City of Z," David Grann offers a collection of spellbinding narrative journalism.
Whether he's 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.
Eachof 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 andthe 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 aboutto 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 accountsdisplay the power--and often the willful perversity--of the human spirit.
Compulsively readable, "The Devil and Sherlock Holmes" is a brilliant mosaic of ambition, madness, passion, and folly.
"From the Hardcover edition."
About the Author
DAVID GRANN is a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of the bestseller The Lost City of Z, which has been translated into more than twenty languages. His stories have appeared in many best-American-writing anthologies, and he has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the New Republic.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
"Any truth is better than indefinite doubt". Mysterious circumstances — Trial by fire — The chameleon — True crime — Which way did he run — "A strange enigma is man!". The squid hunter — City of water — The old man and the gun — Stealing time — "All that was monstrous and inconceivably wicked in the universe". The brand — Crimetown U.S.A. — Giving the "devil" his due.
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