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The Sign Of the Four: Arthur Conan Dolye - Classic Holmes tale,
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The second Holmes story, published in 1890, in between the introductory `Study in Scarlet' in 1887 and the first short story `A Scandal in Bohemia' in 1891, is the second best of the novels (after Hound Of The Baskervilles) in my opinion. The first half of the novel is an absolutely classic Holmes story, as he uses his powers of detection and reasoning to help Mary Morstan, a young lady who is unwittingly in a great deal of danger. Along the way he has to solve a seemingly impossible murder. The second half of the book is a thrilling tale of events in India decades before, which explain the events of the first half of the book. Doyle used this device in three of his four Holmes novels, but this is the only time that it really worked well and the background story and characters were as strong as the overlying Holmes story. It's a thrilling and entertaining read, 5 stars.