It has been claimed that great friendships between man and man present themselves to us with an inevitability comparable only to the time-honoured association of ham and eggs.
P.G. Wodehouse, The Clicking of Cuthbert p 33
No student of Sherlock Holmes can doubt that the years 1914-18 found him hard at work in the nation's interests - doubtless the perspicacity of the genial but anonymous head of the Secret Service secured the willing assistance of one who stood head and shoulders above the common order of men.
Since the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes in 1887, more books have been written about the great detective than have been devoted to Shakespeare. Most of these fascinating and informative works were published in limited editions for collectors and scholars. long out of print, these volumes command high prices for those few lucky enough to acquire them. This new series of Sherlock Holmes books in well-made, affordable paperback editions will form the nucleus of a library about the world's first consulting detective for all who have wanted to read beyond the stories presented by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
A "biography" that is as highly regarded today as it was when original published, this volume was crafted to reveal "the hidden depth in Holmes's life and character." Lively and provocative appendixes treat such subjects as Dr. Watson's second marriage and Sherlock Holmes' own experience with women. Additional topics include the intriguing hypothesis that Holmes and the arch-villain Moriarty were one and the same.