Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles (Paperback)
“With wit and careful analysis, Bayard makes a convincing case…This slim yet satisfying inquiry will make readers eager to pick up the classic mystery and test Bayard’s methods for themselves.”—Los Angeles TimesIn his brilliant reinvestigation of the classic case of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Pierre Bayard uses the last thoughts of the murder victim as his key to unravel the mystery, leading the reader to the astonishing conclusion that Holmes—and, in fact, Arthur Conan Doyle—got things all wrong. Part intellectual entertainment, part love letter to crime novels, and part crime novel in itself, Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong turns one of our most beloved stories delightfully on its head.
About the Author
Pierre Bayard is a professor of French literature at the University of Paris VIII and a psychoanalyst. He is the author of Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?, and many other books.
Praise for Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles…
“Bayard bases his conclusion that Holmes got it wrong on a close reading of the novel and a sharply reasoned appraisal of the characters’ actions and Holmes’s own interpretations of them. This is a fascinating approach to literature…Bayard rewards [readers] with a new appreciation of the story, its hero, and its creator.”—Booklist“Close reading and iconoclastic analysis of classic detective fiction…[An] audacious revisionist view of one of the best-known mysteries of all time…Bayard picks apart the apparently airtight case Holmes assembled in The Hound of the Baskervilles and offers an alternative solution.”—Publishers Weekly “Cultural gadfly Pierre Bayard returns to the genre of ‘detective criticism,’ which he invented fifteen years ago… The result is a new, startling way to think about one of Sherlock Holmes’s most famous cases.”—Very Short List