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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1974)
Nicholas Meyer

Meyer presents an alternative view of Sherlock Holmes in this surprising novel: that of a deluded drug addict. In particular, and of interest to those who visit this Website, we learn that Professor Moriarty is only a kindly mathematician who once tutored Holmes in mathematics. The idea that he is a criminal mastermind (as we learn in Conan Doyle's stories) is just part of Holmes' paranoia.

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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
4/5 (1 votes)

GenreHistorical Fiction, Mystery,
MotifSherlock Holmes,

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