I don't know what sort of sales are likely for A Slight Trick of the Mind, the work I referred to earlier. It's a new book by Mitch Cullin (out this month from Doubleday) and it's quite extraordinary. A Sherlockian might call it revisionist, in that we learn among other things that Holmes always called his friend John, never Watson, that he smoked cigars almost exclusively and didn't much care for a pipe. More to the point, Cullin shows us this master of observation, this supreme rationalist, at a time when age has made great inroads upon his memory and mental acuity. The narrative moves through time, and our hero—our eternal hero—has never been more heroic, or more human.
The book was the subject of a previous TEV 1000 word review, in which we said:
In both books, Holmes comes up against the limits of the known, of the rational and explainable. But it's in the unexpectedly moving A Slight Trick of the Mind that Holmes is - at long last - made human to us, where we see the effects of this lonely but righteous life. In The Final Solution, change is in the air; in A Slight Trick of the Mind, the change is in Holmes.
The book is finally available on April 19 - we suggest you check it out.