Abbreviation: RETI (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 5,559 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Liberty, December 18, 1926; Strand Magazine, January 1927
This tale has an atmosphere of old age, retirement, sadness and decay. It also has one of the best shocking lines in all the Holmes tales, and a thoroughly appropriate final sentence. Nevertheless, is it a strong enough story to occupy the crucial last place in the Canon?