Julian Barnes has crafted an imaginative, compellingly readable ‘whodunnit’ that keeps the reader compulsively turning the pages.
Based on the life and work of Sir Arthur Conan Boyle, it is a tale of two men – George and Arthur – who seem to be living worlds apart, but whose paths cross when a mystery surfaces. The novel explores larger themes of racism and morality, but is driven by excellent story telling and Barnes’ gift of creating character.
I read this for a book club read and also because it was listed as a 2006 New York Times Notable. I am happy I picked it up. If you enjoy evocative novels which spin a good yarn, you will love this book.