GARDEN CITY PARK, NY: Halloween may already have come and gone, but this week is definitely more treat than trick for those who love books in general, and Sherlock Holmes in particular.
Now released by Square One Publishers is Doyle's World—Lost and Found ($29.95 USD, ISBN: 9780757004483) the brand new hardcover from son/father writing team and pediatricians Daniel Friedman, MD, and Eugene Friedman, MD. The book's subtitle says it all, as it's The Unknown Histories of Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Earlier this week, an article all about the Friedmans and their new book appeared in the popular daily newspaper Newsday. To get a look at the article (which features a playful photo of the Friedmans wearing their deerstalker caps and using a magnifying glass in homage to Holmes and Dr. Watson), click here or below:
Also unveiled this week is a review for the book from New York Journal of Books (to see, click here). Here is a pulled quote from the review, which is clearly a winning title in the reviewer's estimation:
“While ostensibly a biography of [Sir Arthur Conan] Doyle, Doyle’s World—Lost & Found is, in fact, much more . . . It therefore ‘transcends mere biography and literary criticism.’ The authors intentionally eschew from using any biographies or book written about Doyle after 1943, and instead rely on primary sources . . . [It] will appeal most to fellow enthusiasts of Doyle and his Sherlock Holmes mysteries . . . an engaging read . . . following [the authors’] case is always a pleasure and enjoying how they let their evidence unfold is part of the fun.”
The Friedmans' new book (a companion volume to their first effort The Strange Case of Dr. Doyle, available now in updated trade paperback along with original hardcover format) has also been praised by:
* Popular reviewer Jana R. Martin in Medium ("If the world of Sherlock Holmes and its ever-inventive creator Doyle grip you in the same thrall that it so clearly has the Friedmans, then Doyle’s World—Lost & Found will be a great read. It’s packed with lore, real-life detail, ambitious assertions, and an obvious — and infectious — love of its subject");
* Booklist ("There are knockouts, such as when it’s revealed that ‘The Sign of the Four’ is a landlocked version of Stevenson’s Treasure Island . . . Sherlockians will love this and want more"); and
* Kirkus Reviews ("A deep dive into all things Doyle . . . suited for hard-core fans [of Doyle and Holmes].")
The tide of approval from other writers and fellow Holmes enthusiasts for Doyle’s World also continues to rise, as the following accolades so amply indicate:
“Everything you ever wanted to know about the dynamic duo”
“For fans of Sherlock Holmes and his creator, you can't do better than plunge into Doyle's World—Lost & Found: The Unknown Histories of Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. There you will find everything you ever wanted to know about the dynamic duo, including much it never would
have occurred to you to ask.”
—Nicholas Meyer, Oscar-nominated screenwriter/director and bestselling author of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution and The Return of the Pharaoh
“Your passport to a thrilling world”
“Absolutely mesmerizing! Son-father duo Daniel Friedman, MD and Eugene Friedman, MD take us on a vividly written journey into the mysterious labyrinth that is the life and mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle—a deft unraveling of the tapestry of inspirations, experiences and intricate puzzle pieces that gave birth to the enigmatic genius of Sherlock Holmes. Whether you’re a devoted ‘Sherlockian,’ an aficionado of literature, or an eager explorer of the human psyche, this book is your passport to a thrilling world where fiction and reality blur into one.”
—Ben Mezrich, New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Dumb Money
“Sir Arthur Conan Doyle revolutionized the mystery novel when he created Sherlock Holmes—but now, in their new book Doyle’s World, the Friedmans may just have revolutionized how we look at Doyle himself. Drawing on all manner of impressive research, this book delivers the goods. It even presents some brand new mysteries of its own, with solutions to boot. Holmes and Doyle fans, unite!”
—Jeffery Deaver, bestselling author of The Bone Collector and Hunting Time
The book also features exquisite illustrations commissioned specifically for this book and created by the great comic book artists Ramona Fradon, Scott Hanna, Ben Moody, and Diana Leto (who drew the frightful image that you see alongside this update).
Doyle's World—Lost & Found: The Unknown Histories of Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop.org, and everywhere else books are sold. Enjoy!