The Valley of Fear (Sherlock Holmes #7)
BROUGHT JUSTICE TO A DIRTY TOWN.
NOW HE'S GOING TO PAY.
A sawed-off shotgun blast to the face leaves one man dead--and reveals a secret that has pursued another across an ocean and set the world's most ruthless criminal on his trail. The man needs the help of a great detective...but could even Sherlock Holmes save him now?
Let’s face it, Sherlock Holmes is a prig. A vainglorious bombast whose every breath seems devoted, at least in part, to extolling his prodigious and ubiquitous knowledge and singular mastery over every form of argument, logical deduction or investigative strategy (he's a little like that last sentence). It’s amazing the man can dress himself given that one arm is forever employed in the constant motion of slapping palm to his own back in congratulations for his monumental genius.
Now when faced...more
Except that's probably not what you call it when you commit the hubris of presuming to know what's going on in a Sherlock Holmes story. I didn't even assume, I thought I knew. I was so absolutely certain I knew where that last part of the story went, that I didn't even consider other options; but I was wrong. I unwittingly handed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the honor of throwing my ego around like a ragdoll. Well deserved, I say.
On the bright side, nothing keeps you hungry for a myster...more
First off, I'm not the biggest Sherlock Holmes fan and was at a loss when Valley of Fear was announced as a book in the Hard Case line. While I respect Arthur Conan Doyle as one of the pioneers of detective fiction, I was never really interested in him or Holmes. In my quest to read...more
Finally found a copy of this to read and, unfortunately, it is too much like The Scarlet Thread. NO ONE wants to read a book about some whackjob American with a secret mysterious past! We already did that once! We want to hear about HOLMES, by God! That's why we are reading this book-- because it is a SHERLOCK HOLMES BOOK. I don't care how spectacular Birdy Edwards is. I don't care what became of him. I want to see a classic character being classic.
Surely, by the time Conan Doy...more
The first is a classic Holmes crime and mystery which is resolved, as expected by the smug Sherlock, to the astonishment and adulation of Watson and all of the other characters involved. Most avid readers of the Sherlock Holmes stories would probably unravel the puzzles before they read the conclusions of the master. The twist provided by the discovery of a corpse which has been shot in the face by a shotgun is overdone these da...more
So far this is my least favourite of the Sherlock Holmes novels. Holmes appears and solves the mystery, of course, but most of the book consists of back story in which neither Holmes nor Watson appear. There is nothing at all wrong with the prose, but the narrative, while interesting enough, is hardly compelling. Overall, I much prefer A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles. There is simply not enough Holmes in this one for my taste.
The second part is an extended flashback a...more
This is a fine book about raising the tone of an entire community by ridding it of its secret criminal element and thereby making it something more than a 'Valley of Fear'. This novel is not as tightly written as 'A Study in Scarlet', nor does it move in real time with the suspenseful pace of 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', but it speaks to something more profound about the Human Spirit in its eternal struggle for Freedom. This is the novel that makes one ponder the darker implications of figh...more
The first part is typical of a Sherlock Holmes novel. The second part reminded me more of an Edgar Rice Burroughs or Robert E. Howard western. Both were good,...more
With these novel-length stories, the author's genius is keeping his creation off the page as much as possible, so that he shines brighter when he is present. Conan Doyle adopts the same format as he did in the first novel, A STUDY IN SCARLET, by adopting a flashback-style...more
Sherlock and Watson are two of the most iconic literary characters ever written and when you read their stories there is always that little bit of extra weight that comes with...more
This story was divided up into two books - part one is the crime and solution from Holmes. The second was the events which led up to the murder in part one. This part was the one I had a problem with. Way too slow, too much talking, no Holmes and I found my mind wandering while listening and hoping it would end soon.
The first section was set in Sussex (my home county which held appeal for me) and at a nice country house. The details of the murder when revealed when satisfying in that I felt I had been provided enough in...more
A formulaic murder mystery which can be easily seen as a trailblazer-like story for the pulp era whodunits common in dime and drug stores during the golden era of the genre. THE VALLEY OF FEAR is perfectly placed amo...more
Гоё гэж хэлмээр л байна, даанч хоёр хэсэг болгочихоор ийм юм утгагүй байдаг юм. Би уг нь үргэлж Уатсон, Холмс хоёрыг зурган дотор харахыг хүсдэг. Гэтэл ингэж тэр хоёрыг зурагнаас арилгасан нь тийм ч их таалагддагүй юм.
Дээрхи дутагдалыг эс тооцвол үндсэн плот нь өмнөх бүрэн хэмжээний туужуудаас нь сонирхолтой байсан. Өмнө нь би ном дуусахаас нь өмнө үр дүнг нь бараг л таачихаад байсан бол энэ удаад яагаад ч юм минийх оноогүй. Магадгүй Доел туршлагажсаных байх л даа. (хэхэ. хэсэг тэнэгтэв)
I don't have any qualms in saying that Vermissa Valley, better known as The Valley of Fear is reminiscent of present...more
تبداء القصة بجريمة قتل ، لمستر دوجلاس ،، وحينها يبداء المحقق هولمز ، وصديقه دكتور وطسن ، بالتحري ،، لنكتشف بعدها ، ان دوجلاس لم يقتل ، بل هو من دبر ذلك لكي ينجو من محاولة قتل ، ووتبداء الرواية فصلها الثاني : حيث يبداء دوجلاس في تفصيل ماضيه ، ومن يريد قتله! ،، وهنا تتشابك الاحداث (بطريقة لم ترق لي ^^) لنصل في نهاية ، الي هروب دوجلاس وزوجته ، الي جنوب افريقيا ، لتأمين علي نفسه ، ولكن في ختام الرواية يأتي خبر بمقتل دوجلاس اثناء الرحلة !! لتنتهي الر...more
Dalam buku ini diceritakan tentang Mr. Douglas. Well, di awal dan akhir cerita kita akan mendapatkan kesan yang sama sekali berbeda. Doyle berhasil mengarahkan pembacanya ke ded...more
Also, I figured out both of the major twists almost instantly, which sort of dulls the impact of BRILLIANT DETECTIVE BEING BRILLIANTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE.
Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record...more