London: Jonathan Cape, 2005. [Historical Mystery] SIGNED FIRST EDITION. Octavo (24 x 16cm), pp. 360 . SIGNED by the author in black ink to the title page. Publisher's olive cloth decorated in black and titled in white to spine and upper. With the original printed paper band to rear board, issued in place of a dust-wrapper, priced at £17.99. A fine, as-new copy. A novel set at the turn of the 20th century, following two actual historical figures: the rather obscure George Edalji, a half-Indian solicitor wrongfully accused of ruthlessly slaying a number of farm animals, and the well-known Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Upon the death of his first wife, Doyle finds himself unable to find pleasure in either life or the mistress he's kept for some time. When he stumbles upon the case of Mr. Edalji, he decides for the first time to enter into the real world of detective work. Basis for the acclaimed ITV drama starring Martin Clunes as Conan Doyle. Item #57295
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