Out of the entire collection of Holmes stories by Doyle, this is
the only story in which a police inspector (specifically, Inspector
Baynes) is as competent as Holmes. Holmes has nothing but praise
for Inspector Baynes, believing that he will rise high in his
profession, for he has instinct and intuition. Inspector Lestrade
never received this kind of appreciation from Holmes.
Holmes is visited by a perturbed proper English gentleman, John
Scott Eccles, who wishes to discuss something ?grotesque?. No
sooner has he arrived at 221B Baker Street than Inspector Gregson
also shows up, along with Inspector Baynes of the Surrey
Constabulary. They wish a statement from Eccles about the murder
near Esher last night. A note in the dead man's pocket indicates
that Eccles said that he would be at the victim's house that
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