The Hound of the Baskervilles

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The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of master mystery writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most accomplished stories. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson confront one of their most difficult cases ever: is there truly a curse on the old Baskerville estate? Is there truly a ghostly beast lurking on the dark, eerie moors? A masterful concoction of plot and mood, this story is guaranteed to give you the shivers.

When a second member of the Baskerville family dies,...

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Overview

The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of master mystery writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most accomplished stories. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson confront one of their most difficult cases ever: is there truly a curse on the old Baskerville estate? Is there truly a ghostly beast lurking on the dark, eerie moors? A masterful concoction of plot and mood, this story is guaranteed to give you the shivers.

When a second member of the Baskerville family dies, Sherlock Holmes investigates and finds murderous greed behind the supposed curse.

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“The whole Sherlock Holmes saga is a triumphant illustration of art’s supremacy over life.” —Christopher Morley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689835711
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: Aladdin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 254,830
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1885, he graduated with a degree in medicine from Edinburgh University. Shortly after, Conan Doyle opened a successful medical practice in England. While there, he married Louise Hawkins, and the couple soon had two children, Mary Louise and Alleyne Kingsley. Meanwhile, Conan Doyle published several stories including A Study in Scarlet in 1887. This was the first story to feature the character Sherlock Holmes. Before his death on July 7, 1930, Conan Doyle wrote 55 more tales about the world's most famous detective.

Daniel Perez was born in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1977. For more than a decade, Perez has worked as a colorist and an illustrator for comic book publishers such as Marvel, Image, and Dark Horse. He currently works for Protobunker Studio while also developing his first graphic novel.

Since 1986, Martin Powell has been a freelance writer. He has written hundreds of stories, many of which have been published by Disney, Marvel, Tekno comix, Moonstone Books, and others. In 1989, Powell received an Eisner Award nomination for his graphic novel Scarlet in Gaslight. This award is one of the highest comic book honors.

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CHAPTER I
Mr. Sherlock Holmes

Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings, save upon those not infrequent occasions when he stayed up all night, was seated at the breakfast table. I stood upon the hearth-rug and picked up the stick which our visitor had left behind him the night before. It was a fine, thick piece of wood, bulbous-headed, of the sort which is known as a “Penang lawyer.” Just under the head was a broad silver band, nearly an inch across. “To James Mortimer, M.R.C.S., from his friends of the C.C.H.,” was engraved upon it, with the date “1884.” It was just such a stick as the old-fashioned family practitioner used to carry—dignified, solid, and reassuring. “Well, Watson, what do you make of it?” Holmes was sitting with his back to me, and I had given him no sign of my occupation. “How did you know what I was doing? I believe you have eyes in the back of your head.” “I have, at least, a well-polished, silver-plated coffee-pot in front of me,” said he. “But, tell me, Watson, what do you make of our visitor’s stick? Since we have been so unfortunate as to miss him and have no notion of his errand, this accidental souvenir becomes of importance. Let me hear you reconstruct the man by an examination of it.” “I think,” said I, following so far as I could the methods of my companion, “that Dr. Mortimer is a successful elderly medical man, well-esteemed, since those who know him give him this mark of their appreciation.” “Good!” said Holmes. “Excellent!” “I think also that the probabilityis in favour of his being a country practitioner who does a great deal of his visiting on foot.” “Why so?” “Because this stick, though originally a very handsome one, has been so knocked about that I can hardly imagine a town practitioner carrying it. The thick iron ferrule is worn down, so it is evident that he has done a great amount of walking with it.” “Perfectly sound!” said Holmes. “And then again, there is the ‘friends of the C.C.H.’ I should guess that to be the Something Hunt, the local hunt to whose members he has possibly given some surgical assistance, and which has made him a small presentation in return.” “Really, Watson, you excel yourself,” said Holmes, pushing back his chair and lighting a cigarette. “I am bound to say that in all the accounts which you have been so good as to give of my own small achievements you have habitually underrated your own abilities. It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it. I confess, my dear fellow, that I am very much in your debt.” He had never said as much before, and I must admit that his words gave me keen pleasure, for I had often been piqued by his indifference to my admiration and to the attempts which I had made to give publicity to his methods. I was proud, too, to think that I had so far mastered his system as to apply it in a way which earned his approval. He now took the stick from my hands and examined it for a few minutes with his naked eyes. Then, with an expression of interest, he laid down his cigarette, and, carrying the cane to the window, he looked over it again with a convex lens. “Interesting, though elementary,” said he, as he returned to his favourite corner of the settee. “There are certainly one or two indications upon the stick. It gives us the basis for several deductions.” “Has anything escaped me?” I asked, with some self-importance. “I trust that there is nothing of consequence which I have overlooked?” “I am afraid, my dear Watson, that most of your conclusions were erroneous. When I said that you stimulated me I meant, to be frank, that in noting your fallacies I was occasionally guided towards the truth. Not that you are entirely wrong in this instance. The man is certainly a country practitioner. And he walks a good deal.” “Then I was right.” “To that extent.” “But that was all.” “No, no, my dear Watson, not all—by no means all. I would suggest, for example, that a presentation to a doctor is more likely to come from an hospital than from a hunt, and that when the initials ‘C.C.’ are placed before that hospital the words ‘Charing Cross’ very naturally suggest themselves.” “You may be right.” “The probability lies in that direction. And if we take this as a working hypothesis we have a fresh basis from which to start our construction of this unknown visitor.” “Well, then, supposing that ‘C.C.H.’ does stand for ‘Charing Cross Hospital,’ what further inferences may we draw?” “Do none suggest themselves? You know my methods. Apply them!” “I can only think of the obvious conclusion that the man has practised in town before going to the country.” “I think that we might venture a little farther than this. Look at it in this light. On what occasion would it be most probable that such a presentation would be made? When would his friends unite to give him a pledge of their good will? Obviously at the moment when Dr. Mortimer withdrew from the service of the hospital in order to start in practice for himself. We know there has been a presentation. We believe there has been a change from a town hospital to a country practice. Is it, then, stretching our inference too far to say that the presentation was on the occasion of the change?” “It certainly seems probable.” “Now, you will observe that he could not have been on the staff of the hospital, since only a man well-established in a London practice could hold such a position, and such a one would not drift into the country. What was he, then? If he was in the hospital and yet not on the staff, he could only have been a house-surgeon or a house-physician—little more than a senior student. And he left five years ago—the date is on the stick. So your grave, middle-aged family practitioner vanishes into thin air, my dear Watson, and there emerges a young fellow under thirty, amiable, unambitious, absent-minded, and the possessor of a favourite dog, which I should describe roughly as being larger than a terrier and smaller than a mastiff.” I laughed incredulously as Sherlock Holmes leaned back in his settee and blew little wavering rings of smoke up to the ceiling. “As to the latter part, I have no means of checking you,” said I, “but at least it is not difficult to find out a few particulars about the man’s age and professional career.” From my small medical shelf I took down the Medical Directory and turned up the name. There were several Mortimers, but only one who could be our visitor. I read his record aloud. “Mortimer, James, M.R.C.S., 1882, Grimpen, Dartmoor,Devon. House surgeon, from 1882 to 1884, at Charing Cross Hospital. Winner of the Jackson Prize for Comparative Pathology, with essay entitled ‘Is Disease a Reversion?’ Corresponding member of the Swedish Pathological Society. Author of ‘Some Freaks of Atavism’ (Lancet, 1882). ‘Do We Progress? (Journal of Psychology, March, 1883). Medical Officer for the parishes of Grimpen, Thorsley, and High Barrow.” “No mention of that local hunt, Watson,” said Holmes, with a mischievous smile, “but a country doctor, as you very astutely observed. I think that I am fairly justified in my inferences. As to the adjectives, I said, if I remember right, amiable, unambitious, and absent-minded. It is my experience that it is only an amiable man in this world who receives testimonials, only an unambitious one who abandons a London career for the country, and only an absent-minded one who leaves his stick and not his visiting-card after waiting an hour in your room.” “And the dog?” “Has been in the habit of carrying this stick behind his master. Being a heavy stick the dog has held it tightly by the middle, and the marks of his teeth are very plainly visible. The dog’s jaw, as shown in the space between these marks, is too broad in my opinion for a terrier and not broad enough for a mastiff. It may have been—yes, by Jove, it is a curly-haired spaniel.” He had risen and paced the room as he spoke. Now he halted in the recess of the window. There was such a ring of conviction in his voice that I glanced up in surprise. “My dear fellow, how can you possibly be so sure of that?”

Copyright 2002 by Arthur Conan Doyle Introduction by Laurie R. King
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
1 Mr. Sherlock Holmes 1
2 The Curse of the Baskervilles 11
3 The Problem 27
4 Sir Henry Baskerville 41
5 Three Broken Threads 59
6 Baskerville Hall 74
7 The Stapletons of Merripit House 88
8 First Report of Dr. Watson 108
9 Second Report of Dr. Watson 119
10 Extract from the Diary of Dr. Watson 145
11 The Man on the Tor 160
12 Death on the Moor 179
13 Fixing the Nets 197
14 The Hound of the Baskervilles 214
15 A Retrospection 231
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  • Posted February 17, 2009

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    This book was amazing and extremely entertaining and impossible to put down. This book was very interesting and a classic mystery type and a typical Sherlock Holmes edition. The mystery was dark and morbid while the characters involved all seemed to be quite harmless, that is to the unsuspecting eye but not to Sherlock Holmes of course. He is the top authority on all mysteries and he proves it in this book with his daring antics and his amazingly acurate deductions. The vocabulary was mildly difficult, the plot was great, the authors tone was incredible. A perfect fit into the mystery genre, the clues had me thinking in circles i couldn't figure out anything untill the clues started to piece together, the book was like a puzzle the more clues you got the more the picture became clearer. I loved this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    Don't listen to 'one cool kid'

    this book wasn't a extremely good book at all. It was a horrible book with no sense whatsoever. The book was boring until the last chapter. If you even picked up the book then u could have just went to the laster chapter and read the ending of the book, and saved yourself 150 pages of your time. Henry Baskerville gets frightened by a 'Curse' ..but sherlock holmes eventually solves this lame mystery.... If there was one thing you could read...it definately wouldnt be this book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2008

    I love sir arthur conan doyle's books!

    Sir arthur conan doyle writes the greatest books in my opinion. The way he writes and describes things just paints more than a picture, im there inside the book. Its scary for me just reading it! Like all of these books, sherlock holmes and watson are off trying to solve a mystery. I love the way he uses these descriptice words. He doesnt even tell he just shows!<BR/><BR/>From the start, he sets the mood. They hear the origin of this curse and even that was wonderful. He adds all of these little mysteries as well like the missing boot and the taxi driver who was stalking them but they all add up to something very important in the end such as the boot was used as a scent for the hound to find and hunt sir henry. Next, how he gives subliminal clues gets the reader thinking and puts them even more into the book. He names people or irrelevence too just to make you think if they are the ones who are guilty. <BR/><BR/>His books are just amazing and this one is no exception. The most innocent person became one of the most important people in the plot. Mr. stapleton's wife was one of the most important people and ended up double crossing her husband. He even deceives the readers when he says Holmes is at home when he is actually living in the mire. The ghostly figure Doyle describes on the mire during the chase of the hound is actually Holmes observing. The way he twists the plot is just incredible and i dont know how else do describe my feelings toward this book. It just gave me the creeps when I was reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    Good book, though confusing plots.

    Umm........ This book was good. It was a pain to read it for the summer, but that's why I give it four stars and not five. I usually don't like mysteries or any books at all(none in particular), but this was one book that seemed to get some of my attention. Though Stapleton could've let the lady breathe. For Gods sake man! She's a woman! Not a voodoo doll!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    a good one

    i have always been fascinated by sherlock holmes and after this book i have an even higher opinion of his character. this book is gripping from the start to the end, but it includes a feeling of gloominess and darkness. if you imagined the illustrations in ur mind, u will always see a dark picture. but overall i found it good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2007

    Everyones favorite detective does it again!!

    This book is a great great book. Anyone who can read well should read this book. I loved it. I mean, who could not love the brilliant,wonderful Holmes?! He and Watson are such lovable characters. This book had a lot of unexpected twists and turns. So, read it. I mean, I'm a kid and i though it was GREAT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    Lots of twists and turns!

    This was an awesome book! You will be amazed with the clever twists and turns that Sherlock Holmes takes to solve the mystery. After Charles Baskerville's death due to a mysterious hound, Sherlock Holmes and Watson go on a quest to protect the new heir, Henry Baskerville, from this hound. Find out if this hound is just a normal old mutt in the moor or a magical unknown beast. Who is behind these killings? I bet you would have never guessed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2007

    A reviewer

    As I continue my journey through my collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, we finally reach The Hound of the Baskervilles, which I believe is the first Sherlock Holmes story written intentionally as a novel, rather than as a serial or as short stories for publication in newspapers or magazines. This provides more focus to the actual plot and the background of the supporting characters. This is what really separates this story from the shorter Sherlock Holmes stories the detail given to the non-primary characters. The story involves a young man who recently came into a very large fortune when his uncle died under mysterious circumstances. The young man brings Holmes and Watson into the situation, and Holmes sends Watson into the countryside to watch over their client and take stock of the situation. Interestingly enough, a good quarter of the story is handled through letters that Watson sends to Holmes and Watson's diary entries, rather than straight-up descriptions of events 'as they happen.' I am not convinced that this was the appropriate way to handle things, but it worked out all right in the end and gave a unique feel to the story. As is usual with a Sherlock Holmes story, I couldn't figure out all that was happening until the very end. I figured the 'hound' out rather early, but not the rest of it. All told, a satisfying and entertaining mystery novel, if a little short for modern standards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2006

    I Really Enjoyed This Book!!

    A great book for Teens and Adults. One of the Best Sherlock Holmes books Iv'e read! It's a great detective book and also a little kreepy. Your hooked as soon as you read the first sentence all the way through the end and becomes difficult to put down. Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle did a great job with this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2006

    I loved it!

    I am really into mysteries, and this was the first Sherlock Homles book I read. I am in 8th grade, and I had to read it for school. I never wanted to put it down, the way Doyle wrote this story just transfixed me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2005

    It was Great

    I loved it. It was a great story. This book kept me entertained during S.S.R.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2005

    Excellent observation, Watson!

    This was a fantastic read that kept me guessing til the very end. I love how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writes. This was a great, compelling read with a few twists. I recommend this, and any other Sherlock Holmes books in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2005

    Dreary or What??

    I just didnt enoy it whatsoever, for me there were little moments of great suspense and it just seemed to go on for ever. Plus, it took a long time to get into and the way in which Stapleton was never properly killed was a total anti-climax. Disappointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2005

    I was hounded into it!

    I read this again for the first time in a few years. If you can ignore Holmes' near-constant references to OTHER cases he's done, the story is still a good one. I've heard there's also an apocryphal addition (no spoilers) to the tale. A 20-century relation of the 'accursed' family, who had a sense of humor, when he needed a car, bought a Japanese model; he now tools about in The Honda of the Baskervilles!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2004

    it wasnt that bad as i thought, but it wasnt my type of reading

    this book looked reely bad to me and i had to read it for school. i really don't like reading and i was not anxious to read it at all it was confusing at times but overall it was a good mystery if you liek that kind of story. it was a also a quick read . i read it in 3 days and usually one book takes me like a year!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004

    Great Read

    This novel will keep you on your toes with suspense and much unexpectedness. And will keep you guessing until the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

    Conan Doyle at his best

    No other story in the Holmes saga can compare with The Hound of the Baskervilles. Sir Henry Baskerville is the owner of the curse manor and his close frien and associate Dr. Mortimer come to Sherlock Holmes to prevent Sir Henry's grisly murder by the hound. The hound of course dies and the devious plotter is unmasked and put away forever in the most permanat way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2004

    love watching the mystery unfold

    The hound of the Baskervilles is about the murder a of man by the name of Sir Charles Baskerville. The murder occurs during a party. The characters include Sherlock Holmes, Sir Charles Baskerville, Dr. Watson, Mr. Barrymoore, and Dr. Mortimore. The footprints of a giant hound have been found by the body and they are suspicious. The legend of the hound of the baskervilles is told to the family by a man in a black suit a long time ago. The book was over whelming. The story takes place in London. Men were being killed because they where related to the Baskerville family. Sir Sherlock Holmes investigates the killings and he finds hair, large footprints and large teeth marks on the victims. To catch the beast, they have to set up nets in the moor. In the end, the hound of the Baskervilles is killed and burned. They have to burn him or else he would regain strength and come back. They solve the mystery. People will really liked reading this book because they will like to watch the mystery unfold. People will like reading it because Doyle describes every detail in every way possible. The book keeps readers interested because they never know what is going to happen next. The author uses harder words in the book, which make us turn back to see what the word either meant or is. Others should read this book because it does keep readers thinking and thinking is good for the soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2003

    Pretty good book

    If you really enjoy classic literature and mysteries? Then you will love the book, The Hound of the Baskervilles. This book combines the elements of mystery and deception, which is unraveled in the final chapters of the book. I personally loved it, except that I did not really understand some of the old British humor and the British text also. This book is about how a man, Sir Charles Baskerville is frightened to death, near the moor in Devonshire, England and his only living relative, Sir Henry Baskerville inherits all of his earnings. Sir Henry is bewildered when he gets a call in the U.S. and someone tells him that his uncle has died. Henry then travels to England and meets with Sherlock Holmes, and asks him to solve the mystery of the mysterious curse of the hound of the Baskervilles, which is a tale that says that there is a hound that lives on the eerie moor that is after the Baskerville family. This story unveils many mysterious events, like when a lose convict has escaped onto the moor and that is just one more thing that Watson has to worry about. The book continues to take many more twists and turns, until the final chapters. One cool thing about this book, in my opinion was that you would try to guess the final outcome of this book and then the next chapter you would figure out something else and say, oh no this is what is going to happen. This book keeps you wanting more and more. A couple bad things were that I was looking forward to a book with Holmes in most of it, but he didn¿t appear, except for the first chapter, until at least halfway through the book. One other bad thing was that the first 150 pages were, mostly, unused information and they were a waste of time. I¿m a girl on a schedule and wasted time is not fun for me, but the final chapters were really good. I also liked how Doyle make this book different and unusual because there were so many characters in the story which made it more interesting and made me think of more possible outcomes of what would finally happen. Another thing I liked was that they had so many things going on at the same time and the book kept making connections to things that had happened in the past which leads to a very amazing and believe me, surprising final scene that was very interesting. In the end well, you will just have to find out! I¿m not saying that this is the best book that I have ever read but I wasn¿t the worst either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2003

    One of the Best Books Ever!

    The Hound of the Baskervilles is, like my headline, one of the best books I¿ve read so far. As the title suggests, there is a hound after any Baskerville that sets foot upon a moor in Devonshire, England, where Baskerville Hall is located. This legend is brought to life when Sir Charles Baskerville, father of Sir Henry, is, literally, scared to death, and the footprint of a hound is found near the body. Dr. Mortimer, a close friend of Sir Charles, is worried about Sir Henry coming to Baskerville Hall to claim his inheritance, so he goes to Sherlock Holmes to ask for advice. Well, Sherlock can¿t pass up a mystery, and he uses his friend and companion, Dr. Watson, as a bodyguard for Sir Henry while his lives in Baskerville Hall, until the mystery can be cleared up. The plot thickens when someone follows Sir Henry around London, and says he¿s Sherlock Holmes! But later, in Devonshire, Dr. Watson is having problems with the mystery, and the neighbors. Mr. Stapleton, a man who likes to chase weird bugs and butterflies on the moor, raises Dr. Watson¿s suspicions when he tells him all about the moor, and that he could even get around at night. His sister is acting even more suspicious when she keeps telling Sir Henry that he must leave Baskerville Hall and never come back. If that isn¿t enough, the butler and maid of Baskerville Hall have some connection with a murderer, and, out on the moor hunting the murderer, Dr. Watson and Sir Henry see a strange man on a tor, and hear the baying of a hound. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson hook up and if they can¿t figure it out, then nobody can. I only give this book four stars, because there isn¿t enough of Sherlock Holmes in it. (I wish I could give it a 4.5 or a 4.75) Other than that, it would be a 10. I really like how the plot twists and turns so that you won¿t be able to figure out the mystery, until Holmes tells you. It seems that, after every couple of pages, you think in your head, ¿What just happened?¿ or, ¿What does that have to do with the mystery?¿ For example, when I read that Mr. Barrymore was up at night holding a candle to the window, I knew that he was sending a signal to somebody, but I also knew he wasn¿t the one with the hound, so I was thinking, ¿How does this all fit in with the mystery, is this just a red herring, or what?¿ And now after having read this book, I realize that just about nobody could have figured out the mystery. It was just like ¿The Sign of the Four¿, where there was a long story behind it all. I really loved this book, and if you haven¿t, read it. If you like mysteries, I can almost guarantee that you will like it as much as I did.

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