A fading actor is playing the detective Sherlock Holmes in a TV series. Persuading himself that by following in the master's footsteps he can solve a string of apparently unrelated murders - the "Karate Killings" - he begins to investigate the crimes.
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Julian Symons is primarily remembered as a master of the art of crime writing. However, in his eighty-two years he produced an enormously varied body of work. Social and military history, biography, and criticism were all subjects he touched upon with remarkable success, and he held a distinguished reputation in each field. His novels were consistently highly individual and expertly crafted, raising him above other crime writers of his day. It is for this that he was awarded various prizes, and in 1982, named as Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America—an honor accorded to only three other English writers before him: Graham Greene, Eric Ambler, and Daphne Du Maurier. He succeeded Agatha Christie as the president of Britain’s Detection Club, a position he held from 1976 to 1985, and in 1990 he was awarded the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the British Crime Writers for his lifetime achievement in crime fiction. Symons died in 1994.Review:
‘Mr Symons has never done anything so wholly delightful' (Sunday Times)
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1984. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140043306
Book Description Penguin Books, 1984. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140043306