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The Valley of Fear

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(1915)



This is the fourth and final Sherlock Holmes novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is based on the supposedly real-life exploits of the Molly Maguires and Pinkerton agent James McParland. Holmes decodes a cipher warning from Moriarty's organization for "Douglas" in "Birlstone", but a corpse is there already. When Mr. Douglas blows the head off his American assassin, he dresses the body as himself, and hides, to throw off the chase for good.

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Good!!!

This is as good as any of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Similar in structure to "Study in Scarlet," with the second half taking place in the US and being a history of what led up to the first half. The last bit coming back to Holmes and Watson. Read ALL the Sherlock Holmes stories (in order preferably) -- they are all good.

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