13 Tales of Mystery & Suspense—Including the Incredible Story of Sherlock Holmes’s Return from the Dead This Top Five Classics edition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Return of Sherlock Holmes features: • All 95 Strand illustrations by Sidney Paget—his final drawings of Sherlock Holmes • An additional 13 illustrations by Frederick Dorr Steele, created for Collier’s magazine • A helpful introduction, author bio, and bibliography The return of Sherlock Holmes, 10 years after his “death” at the hands of Professor Moriarty, was one of the most hotly anticipated events of the new century in 1903. Arthur Conan Doyle had teased his loyal fans with his 1902 novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, a story that took place two years before Holmes plummeted into the Reichenbach Falls. With “The Empty House,” the first story in this collection, Dr. Watson and the world finally learned how Holmes cheated the Grim Reaper and feigned mortality for three years—as he tidies up one last loose end in his battle against Moriarty’s criminal apparatus. The Return of Sherlock Holmes finds Conan Doyle at the height of his creative powers, producing 13 of his finest mysteries for the inimitable Holmes to solve. No Sherlock Holmes collection would be complete without it.
At that instant Holmes sprang like a tiger on to the marksman's back, and hurled
him flat upon his face. He was up again in a moment, and with convulsive
strength he seized Holmes by the throat, but I struck him on the head with the butt
of my revolver, and he dropped again upon the floor. I fell upon him, and as I held
him my comrade blew a shrill call upon a whistle. There was the clatter of running
feet upon the pavement, and two policemen in uniform, with one plain-clothes