The West End Horror: A Posthumous Memoir of John H. Watson, M.D.

By Nicholas Meyer

"As authentically, irresistibly gripping as something Conan Doyle ever wrote. . . . do not omit it."—Cosmopolitan

March 1895. London. A month of odd happenings within the West finish. First there's the weird homicide of theater critic Jonathan McCarthy. Then the lawsuit opposed to the Marquess of Queensberry for libel; the general public is scandalized. subsequent, the ingenue on the Savoy is came upon along with her throat slashed. And a police doctor disappears, taking corpses with him.

many of the theater district's most trendy and inventive luminaries were concerned: a penniless level critic and author named Bernard Shaw; Ellen Terry, the talented and gorgeous actress; a suspicious field workplace clerk named Bram Stoker; an getting older matinee idol, Henry Irving; an unscrupulous writer calling himself Frank Harris; and a arguable wit by means of the identify of Oscar Wilde.

Scotland backyard is mystified through what seem to be unrelated situations, yet to Sherlock Holmes the problem is ordinary: a maniac is at the unfastened. His identify is Jack.

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He was once obliged to make Inspector Lestrade seem ridiculous in public—something he used to be at pains by no means to do—and he did it with the entire wisdom and cooperation of the inspector, first swearing him to secrecy after which divulging the whole fact at the back of the closed doorways of the latter’s workplace. They sat closeted jointly for over an hour whereas the detective defined the results of what had occurred and the necessity to hinder the reality from changing into as a rule identified, lest the panic which might unavoidably stick to end up worse than the plague itself. The detective controlled to suppress all connection with Sergeant Hopkins’s nocturnal initiative, and the inspector, preoccupied with the beef of the case, by no means inspiration to invite how Holmes had realized of Mr. Brownlow’s disappearance with the corpses earlier than wisdom of it was once made public. moreover, we spent an worried week ready to determine if Benjamin Eccles had entire his challenge and really controlled to homicide all people who had shrunk pneumonic plague and to eliminate their our bodies. there has been a few query as to the healthiness of the Savoy refrain, and either Gilbert and D’Oyly Carte have been ordered in depth scientific examinations, which, fortunately, did not show a hint of the disorder. Bernard Shaw, as most folk recognize, persevered operating as a critic yet remained actual to his promise and stored writing performs until eventually they made him filthy rich and recognized. His curious perspective in the direction of social reform and private wealth endured so long as we knew him. He and the detective remained eccentric associates to the final. They observed each other much less as Shaw grew extra trendy, yet they maintained a full of life correspondence, a few of that is in my ownership and inclusive of the subsequent trade of telegrams: TO SHERLOCK HOLMES: ENCLOSED PLEASE locate TICKETS TO starting evening OF MY NEW PLAY, Pygmalion. deliver pal when you've got ONE. G. B. S. TO BERNARD SHAW: not able to wait starting evening OF Pygmalion. WILL ATTEND moment evening when you have ONE. HOLMES* Holmes and that i again to Baker road later that day, feeling as if we’d simply get back from the moon, goodbye had we been long gone and so singular were our stories whereas away. the previous few days appeared like aeons. For an afternoon or so we sat round our rooms like automatons, not able, i feel, to totally digest the poor occasions during which we had taken half. after which, little by little, we fell into our outdated methods. one other hurricane blew silently outdoors our home windows, and Holmes came upon himself back immersed in his chemical experiments. eventually his notes on historic English charters have been once again in his palms. It was once a month later while he threw down the paper at breakfast one morning and checked out me around the desk. “We needs to certainly visit Cambridge, Watson, or I shall now not accomplish something confident with my learn. † How does day after today strike you? ” He stalked into his bed room, leaving me to the espresso and paper, the place i found his rationale for leaving city so suddenly. hypothesis used to be rife that Oscar Wilde could presently be charged with offences less than the legal legislation modification Act of 1885.

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