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The Patient's Eyes - The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes (Paperback, New edition)
The Patient's Eyes - The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes (Paperback, New edition): David B. Pirie
The Patient's Eyes - The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes (Paperback, New edition): David B. Pirie

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The Patient's Eyes - The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes (Paperback, New edition)

David B. Pirie

Series: Murder Rooms S.

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Arthur Conan Doyle is a 19-year-old medical student in Edinburgh when he becomes the surprise protege of that brilliant doctor and insufferable egotist Joseph Bell. Dr. Bell's arrogance has made him unpopular with both students and colleagues. But all give grudging respect to his pioneering work in forensics and his resultant success in criminal detection. Young Doyle, who has heretofore drifted through his privileged life at a cool distance, finds in himself an unusual passion for unraveling such mysteries and for collaborating with the idiosyncratic Bell, who by turns dazzles and infuriates him. As Watson to Bell's Holmes, Doyle helps unravel a locked-door mystery and a puzzle involving an elaborate number code the reader also gets an opportunity to crack. Doyle discovers another passion in the delicate and vulnerable Heather Grace, who comes to him as a patient suffering from nightmares following the mass murder of her family by an unknown killer-a case Bell calls one of the most notorious crimes of the 1870s. Anonymous messages and unusual accidents indicate that Miss Grace may still be in danger. Enlisting Bell's help, Doyle soon finds his search for this killer becoming a personal obsession. Pirie shrewdly conceives Doyle as an amalgam of Holmes and Watson, with the former's incisive edge but the latter's ingenuous gullibility. His rich, intelligent writing captures a 19th-century flavor without sacrificing pace. (Kirkus Reviews)
While a young medical student at Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle famously studied under the remarkable Dr Joseph Bell. Taking this as a starting point, David Pirie has woven a compelling thriller which partners Bell and Doyle as pioneers in criminal investigation, exploring the strange underworld of violence and sexual hypocrisy running below the surface of the Victorian era. The Patient's Eyes moves from Edinburgh and the strange circumstances surrounding Doyle's meeting with the remarkable Joseph Bell to Southsea where he begins his first medical practice. There he is puzzled by the symptoms presented by Heather Grace, a sweet young woman whose parents have died tragically several years before. Heather has a strange eye complaint, but is also upset by visions of a phantom cyclist who vanishes as soon as he is followed.

This enigma, however, is soon forgotten as Doyle finds himself embroiled in more threatening events - including the murder of a rich Spanish businessman - events that call for the intervention of the eminent Dr Bell. But despite coming to Doyle's aid, perversely Dr Bell considers the murder of Senor Garcia a rather unimportant diversion from the far more sinister matter, which has brought him south: the matter of the patient's eyes and the solitary cyclist…


Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Murder Rooms S.
Release date: August 2001
Authors: David B. Pirie
Dimensions: 177 x 109 x 24mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Mass Market
Pages: 312
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-09-941658-6
Barcode: 9780099416586
Categories: Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Crime & mystery
Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Crime & mystery > General
LSN: 0-09-941658-1

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