Books: High on Holmes

THE SEVEN-PER-CENT SOLUTION by NICHOLAS MEYER 253 pages. E.P. Dutton. $6.95.

Half a century after his final bow, Sherlock Holmes remains the best-known character in English fiction. With the possible exception of Hamlet and Don Quixote, he may be the most recognizable creation in all literature. The man in the deerstalker cap is the subject of a full-length biography (Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street, by William Baring-Gould), the center of a club (the Baker Street Irregulars) and a palpable presence wherever police congregate, from Scotland Yard to Watergate. Less than two months ago,...

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