The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession (Paperback)

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon and The Wager—and one of the most gifted reporters and storytellers of his generation—comes a “horrifying, hilarious, and outlandish” (Entertainment Weekly) collection of gripping true crime mysteries about people whose obsessions propel them into unfathomable and often deadly circumstances.

"[Grann is] one of the preeminent adventure and true-crime writers working today."—New York Magazine

Whether David Grann is investigating a mysterious murder, tracking a chameleon-like con artist, or hunting an elusive giant squid, he has proven to be a superb storyteller. In The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, Grann takes the reader around the world, revealing a gallery of rogues and heroes with their own particular fixations who show that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

Look for David Grann’s latest bestselling book, The Wager!

About the Author


DAVID GRANN is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON and THE LOST CITY OF Z. KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON was a finalist for The National Book Award and won an Edgar Allan Poe Award. He is also the author of THE WHITE DARKNESS and the collection THE DEVIL AND SHERLOCK HOLMES. Grann's storytelling has garnered several honors, including a George Polk Award. He lives with his wife and children in New York.

Praise For…


“Horrifying, hilarious, and outlandish. . . . These straightforward tales grip you as unrelentingly as the suckered appendages of the giant squid Grann attempts to track down in ‘The Squid Hunter.’”
Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)

“A gripping read. . . . Obsessives get themselves into some interesting places. Grann is the perfect guide to take you there.”
The Miami Herald

“A dozen intricately crafted accounts. . . . Like the best of stories, each carries the spice of intrigue and the momentum of a search. . . . [They] will make your heart race and, at times, ache. They’re stories to share with friends, even if Grann can’t be there himself.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
“Grann’s obsession with how narratives are told is complex and compelling. . . . But it’s the basic stories themselves—bizarre and fascinating, bolstered by exhaustive research—that make the book so gripping.”
Time Out New York

“Titillating. . . . Evidence of Grann’s abundant talent as a writer.”
Providence Journal
 
“The most powerful essay I read this year was David Grann’s ‘Trial by Fire.’”
—David Brooks, The New York Times
 
“The truth is always stranger than fiction, even when it comes to murder mysteries. That’s the take-home lesson of Grann’s latest collection, which brings together 12 stories of real-life mysteries, each one stranger and more gripping than the last.”
The Daily Beast
 
“A gifted storyteller, Grann has a Sherlock Holmesian gift for unearthing facts that are hidden in plain sight, presenting a crystal-clear narrative and letting his compelling cast of characters speak for themselves. . . . Easily worth the price of admission, a visit to Grann’s rogue’s gallery is likely to leave you with a sense, at once awful and awesome, of the profound desire we all have for recognition.”
The Oregonian

"Beautifully constructed, highly improbably real life reports."
GQ (UK)

“Eclectic. . . . Haunting. . . . Skilfully crafted. . . . [Grann] does not just tell these bizarre tales, he meets, interviews, gets to know and seems to understand many of his strange subjects.”
The Irish Times
 
“There is humanity in the writing, and it’s all the more impressive that Grann manages to evoke it without drawing any attention to himself; his tales are first-person ones, but they don’t foreground the writer in that manner so popular among magazine editors today. Indeed, his selflessness as a writer, along with his gentle rectitude, cause him to bear a resemblance to another hero who never hogs the spotlight: Holmes’s assistant, Watson. Rarely does modesty produce such stunning results.”
Bookforum
 
“Thoroughly documented, well written and full of surprises.”
Toronto Star

“Grann’s in-depth reporting and vivid writing make this worthwhile reading for lovers of good journalism.”
Booklist

"Chilling. . . . Poignant. . . . Haunting and gripping. . . . Gets into worlds that are otherwise invisible to us."
Daily Mail (London)

"Grann is a worthy heir to Truman Capote."
Le Monde (Paris)


Product Details
ISBN: 9780307275905
ISBN-10: 0307275906
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: January 11th, 2011
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Vintage