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"Look down the valley! See the cloud of 100 chimneys that overshadows it! I let you know that the cloud of homicide hangs thicker and under that over the heads of the folks. it's the Valley of worry, the Valley of demise. the phobia is within the hearts of the folks from the nightfall to the dawn." So broadcasts a resident of a mining city, the place a sinister mystery society continues its stranglehold at the group with a sequence of violent crimes.
The Valley of Fear, the final of the 4 Sherlock Holmes novels, ranks between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's top paintings. The secret starts off with a coded caution of forthcoming risk, drawing the illustrious Sherlock Holmes and the devoted Dr. Watson to a secluded English kingdom domestic. A path of bewildering clues--raincoats, dumbbells, a lacking marriage ceremony ring — ends up in sleuthing within the best Holmesian culture and the gripping backstory of a cult that terrorized a valley within the American West. Crisp, reasonable characterizations and a cracklingly suspenseful narrative make this novel a must-read for all enthusiasts of puzzle and detection in addition to Sherlock Holmes fans.

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