Abbreviation: FIVE (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 7,378 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Strand Magazine, November 1891
In this case Holmes encounters a secret society, and comes off distinctly second best. Do other cases also suggest that his forte is investigation of the isolated incident rather than trying to work single-handed against an organization?
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