TRL REVIEWS: Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

He is perhaps the best known detective, fictional or not, of all time. Books, films, television shows, plays and more have been written about Sherlock Holmes, derived from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s seemingly endless supply of stories. Holmes is a consulting detective, he works privately, and is known for his logical reasoning, proficiency, observational skills and use of science. He takes on all types of cases for any kind of client, from private citizens to Scotland Yard. This review takes into account (almost) all stories/novels/short story collections of Sherlock Holmes, including:

A Study in Scarlet

The Sign of the Four

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

His Last Bow

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TRL REVIEWS: The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels

Never Mind. Bad News. Some Hope. Mother’s Milk. At Last. These are the five books that make up The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels written by Edward St. Aubyn. Oh, Patrick. A troubled boy with a troubled childhood which he made up for with drugs and booze and women and lies and general self-destructive tendencies. The books take place during his childhood, his twenties, his sober period, his fatherhood days and an amalgam of it all, while he tries to survive in London, New York, the English countryside and France. They follow Patrick and his friends and family in the deep, dark underbelly of the miserable lives of inherited wealth.

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TRL REVIEWS: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré

It’s the height of the Cold War. Alec Leamas, British spy based in Berlin is in the twilight years of his career, which is still young for an active spy. But he has one last dangerous assignment. Pose as a disgraced drunken ex-agent defecting to the East Germans in a revenge plot against the man who killed one of his agents on the East side of the wall. What happens is far from the ordinary, and a mess of plots, counter-plots, twists and turns ensue, always reminding the reader that war is war no matter how it is fought.

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TRL REVIEWS: A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

It's 1978 and we're following an unnamed narrator around Tokyo and Hokkaido. He's divorced, works in advertising and is dating a girl with outstanding ears. After publishing a photo of a mountainous region filled with sheep (a photo supplied to him by his friend, The Rat), the narrator is contacted by an enigmatic man representing The Boss, a powerful yet somewhat unknown right wing elite. The Boss is on his way out of this world, but this secretive man is determined to do all he can to stop that. One of the sheep in the picture, the man tells the narrator, was the Boss' secret source of power all these years and is the reason for all of The Boss' success. He gives the reluctant narrator two months to find the sheep or his life will be all but over. With his girlfriend of ear-fame, the narrator travels to the cold northern parts of Japan in search of the sheep and The Rat. What he finds though is much more, and it is as much a spiritual journey as a physical journey.

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TRL REVIEWS: A Perilous Path - Talking Race, Inequality, and the Law by Anthony C. Thompson

Four of the nation’s leading advocates for racial justice engage in a candid discussion regarding the American dilemma in the era of Donald Trump. What is pain, equality, radicalization and the role of a civil rights lawyer? All will be answered in “A Perilous Path” - a discussion with Sherrilyn Ifill, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Loretta Lynch, the 83rd US Attorney General, Bryan Stevenson, the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and Anthony C. Thompson, NYU Law Professor of the Center on Race, Inequality and the Law.

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