The West End Horror Author:Edited by Nicholas Meyer N 1974, readers were enthralled when Sherlock Holmes met Sigmund Freud in The Seven Percent Solution, one of the big best sellers of the year. In The West End Horror, Nicholas Meyer has brought to light another previously unpublished episode in the career of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes as recorded by his close associate and friend, Dr.... more » John H. Watson.
March 1895. London. A month of singular occurrences in the West End. First there was the bizarre murder of theater critic Jonathan McCarthy; the police were baffled. Then came the lawsuit against the Marquesse of Queensbury for libel; the public was scandalized. And what of the ing?nue of the Savoy, discovered with her throat slashed. Or the police surgeon who disappeared, taking with him two corpses from the mortuary?
Some of the theater district’s most fasionable and creative luminaries (as well as a number of more marginal participants) were involved or affected by these events: a penniless stage critic and writer named Bernard Shaw; Ellon Tery, a gifted actress and the lovliest woman in London; Gilbert and Sulivan; a suspicious box-office clerk named Bram Stoker; an aging matinee idol, Henry Irving; an unscrupulous publisher calling himself Frank Harris; and a controversial wit by the name of Oscar Wilde.
Scotland Yard is mystified by what appear to be unrelated cases, but to Holmes the matter is elementary; a maniac is on the loose!« less