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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences  of John H. Watson, M. D by  Nicholas Meyer - Paperback - Fifth Printing - 1976 - from Odds and Ends Shop and Biblio.com

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M. D

by Meyer, Nicholas

Condition: Very Good


Ballantine Books. Very Good. 1976. Fifth Printing. Paperback. The spine and front cover, next to the spine, are creased from reading. The pages are clean, no tears or soiling. The pages and binding are tight. All three page edges are yellow stained. The edges of the covers have a little bit of scuffing from shelf wear. A sticker of some sort was removed from over the 'Per' in the title and the removal scraped the cover and peeled a tiny bit of the glossy paper. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 237 pages; This is the copy printed to tie-in with the release of the movie; it has a picture of the three stars on the back cover. The novel begins in 1891, when Holmes first informs Watson of his belief that Professor James Moriarty is a "Napoleon of Crime". The novel presents this view as nothing more than the fevered imagining of Holmes' cocaine-sodden mind; it further states that Moriarty was the childhood mathematics tutor of Sherlock and his brother Mycroft. The heart of the novel consists of an account of Holmes' recovery from his addiction. Watson and Holmes' brother Mycroft induce Holmes to travel to Vienna, where Watson introduces him to Dr. Freud. Using a treatment consisting largely of hypnosis, Freud helps Holmes shake off his addiction and his delusions about Moriarty, but neither he nor Watson can revive Holmes' dejected spirit. What finally does the job is a whiff of mystery: one of the doctor's patients is kidnapped and Holmes' curiosity is sufficiently aroused. The case takes the three men on a breakneck train ride across Austria in pursuit of a foe who is about to launch a war involving all of Europe. Holmes remarks during the denouement that they have succeeded only in postponing such a conflict, not preventing it; Holmes would later become involved in a "European War" in 1914. The novel is the basis for the 1976 movie starring Alan Arkin, Nicol Williamson and Robert Duvall. Will combine shipping on more than one book. .

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