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.
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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