“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 Bayard’s 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.
In this clever little piece of "detective criticism," French academic Pierre Bayard takes on the great Sherlock Holmes, pointing out failures in deduction that lead to...gasp!...the incorrect identification of the culprit behind the murders in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLE. That's right, beloved Holmesians, the great detective did some sloppy detective work. This clever and entertaining piece of literary criticism satire will be a fun read for fans who have already devoured all the spin-offs that this icon has produced.
- Genre: Literary Criticism, Literary Collections
- Subgenre: Mystery + Detective, General, Books + Reading
- Edition: Reprint
- Format: paperback
- Release Date:
October 13, 2009
- Date Published:
October 13, 2009
Author: Pierre Bayard
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- Online Item #: 11660780
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-14-0722
- ISBN: 9781596916449
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