Hard Cover, 199p.
ISBN 1-896032-68-0 $30.00
A newly discovered Sherlockian classic which was originally written in the early 1950s but was never published. Although many books and thousands of articles have been published about the Holmes Canon over the last 60-70 years, few can match the kind universal popularity and scholarship achieved by Vincent Starrett's The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, which launched the worldwide movement of Baker Street Irregulars in 1933.
Charles Layng's The Game is Afoot! could easily become a classic, and as Peter Ruber writes in his introduction, "It certainly ranks high, in my view, as one of the best books on the subject ever written." Charles Layng was born in 1895 and was a fellow reporter with Vincent Starrett on the Chicago Daily News in 1915. He became editor of a successful trade paper in the 1920s, wrote innumerable detective stories for the pulp magazines, several mystery novels, and biographies of European monarchs. He became a foreign correspondent during the 1930's and travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Orient. He was in military intelligence during World War II, and later became a freelance writer for various news services and publications like the National Observer, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times.
Here are thirty engaging essays written on Holmesian subjects by Charles Laynge. Learn about "Waton's Peerage," "Holmeszoology," "Holmes in Disguise," "Holmes, Watson and Women," etc. Hardcover with two-colour jacket illustration by Frank D. McSherry, Jr.