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My Friend The Murderer   By: (1859-1930)

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In "My Friend The Murderer" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the renowned author brings his exceptional storytelling to real-life crime events. This collection of remarkable true crime tales is certain to captivate readers who have an interest in unsolved mysteries and criminal psychology.

Doyle seamlessly weaves together six captivating stories, each exploring a different case of murder. From the chilling account of a husband's mysterious death to the perplexing disappearance of a wealthy university student, these narratives are filled with suspense and intrigue.

One of the book's most impressive aspects is Doyle's ability to give life to both the victims and the perpetrators. Through detailed character development, he presents the stories from different angles, shedding light on the complexity of human motives and the darkness that lurks within us all. The empathy and understanding with which Doyle writes about the murderers is truly remarkable, leaving readers questioning their own judgments and convictions.

What sets this collection apart is Doyle's masterful narrative technique. He effortlessly takes readers back in time, painting vivid pictures of the settings and period details, which adds an additional layer of authenticity to the stories. The prose flows smoothly, maintaining an engaging pace that keeps readers on the edge of their seats throughout.

Furthermore, "My Friend The Murderer" offers an insightful glimpse into early 20th-century criminal investigation methods, as Doyle shares his own experiences as a medical student and his interactions with real-life detectives and forensic experts. This additional context enhances the reading experience, providing readers with an educational and thought-provoking journey through the criminal world.

However, one criticism of the book is that some stories may feel slightly rushed, particularly when it comes to the resolution of certain cases. While Doyle creates a compelling buildup of tension and suspense, the conclusions of some stories feel abrupt, leaving readers yearning for a more comprehensive or satisfying resolution.

Overall, "My Friend The Murderer" is a captivating and thought-provoking collection that showcases Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's incredible storytelling ability. It seamlessly combines the allure of true crime with Doyle's keen observations on human psychology, resulting in a book that is difficult to put down. Although some cases may lack a fully satisfying resolution, this does not overshadow the overall enjoyment and ingenuity of the stories. Fans of both crime literature and Conan Doyle's other works will undoubtedly appreciate this intriguing collection.

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By A. Conan Doyle

"Number 481 is no better, doctor," said the head warder, in a slightly reproachful accent, looking in round the corner of my door.

"Confound 481" I responded from behind the pages of the Australian Sketcher .

"And 61 says his tubes are paining him. Couldn't you do anything for him?"

"He is a walking drug shop," said I. "He has the whole British pharmacopaƦ inside him. I believe his tubes are as sound as yours are."

"Then there's 7 and 108, they are chronic," continued the warder, glancing down a blue slip of paper. "And 28 knocked off work yesterday said lifting things gave him a stitch in the side. I want you to have a look at him, if you don't mind, doctor. There's 81, too him that killed John Adamson in the Corinthian brig he's been carrying on awful in the night, shrieking and yelling, he has, and no stopping him either."

"All right, I'll have a look at him afterward," I said, tossing my paper carelessly aside, and pouring myself out a cup of coffee. "Nothing else to report, I suppose, warder?"

The official protruded his head a little further into the room. "Beg pardon, doctor," he said, in a confidential tone, "but I notice as 82 has a bit of a cold, and it would be a good excuse for you to visit him and have a chat, maybe... Continue reading book >>

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