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Charles Warren
'Dust and Shadow' by Lyndsay Faye
'Dust and Shadow' by Lyndsay Faye

Arthur Conan Doyle famously tired of Sherlock Holmes and repeatedly tried to end the series of stories featuring the detective he dismissively called "my most notorious character." On each occasion, though, an intense popular clamor -- and the opportunity it afforded to shore up the author's shaky finances -- coaxed Conan Doyle into an additional sequence of stories. Holmes' adventures total four novels and 56 short stories. As he explained in the single chapter of his 1924 autobiography devoted to the most famous character in detective fiction, "I do not wish to be ungrateful to Holmes, who has been a good friend to me in many ways. If I have sometimes been...