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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,585 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Grann Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Whether he’s reporting on the infiltration of the murderous Aryan Brotherhood into the U.S. prison system, tracking down a chameleon con artist in Europe, or riding in a cyclone- tossed skiff with a scientist hunting the elusive giant squid, David Grann revels in telling stories that explore the nature of obsession and that piece together true and unforgettable mysteries. 

Each of the dozen stories in this collection reveals a hidden and often dangerous world and, like Into Thin Air and The Orchid Thief, pivots around the gravitational pull of obsession and the captivating personalities of those caught in its grip. There is the world’s foremost expert on Sherlock Holmes who is found dead in mysterious circumstances; an arson sleuth trying to prove that a man about to be executed is innocent; and sandhogs racing to complete the brutally dangerous job of building New York City’s water tunnels before the old system collapses. Throughout, Grann’s hypnotic accounts display the power—and often the willful perversity—of the human spirit. 

Compulsively readable, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant mosaic of ambition, madness, passion, and folly.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dorothy | 2/19/2014

    " If I was to judge this book my its title The Devil and Sherlock Holmes it would not be what I was expecting. Only one of the stories is about Sherlock Holmes. But Mr Grann does a great job with the short story format .I found the stories and people very interesting and entertaining and all the subject matters were vastly different from one another. In many cases the person or story was so interesting that I went on to research more about them. A very enjoyable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristina | 2/16/2014

    " This is a collection of researched essays that appeared in earlier journals (New Yorker, Atlantic, etc.). Grann updated them and put them in this book. They are very interesting--investigative journalism as eclectic essays. I enjoy Grann's writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ashleycarolhall O'Toole | 2/10/2014

    " this is so interesting. lots of little mysteries...not everything has to do with sherlock or conan doyle, but very intriguing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Malia | 2/8/2014

    " This book really interests me, different short stories. Bravo... "

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