His Last Bow


Basic Information

Abbreviation: LAST (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 6,126 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Strand Magazine, September 1917; Collier's Weekly, September 22, 1917

Discussion Questions

  • What roles are Holmes and Watson playing in the beginning of this story?
  • Why did Holmes come out of retirement to solve this case?
  • How does Holmes outsmart Van Bork? Who assists him, and how?
  • What is Holmes’ ultimate objective in this case? Why does this require him to disguise himself?
  • What are the stakes in this case? What does Holmes risk happening if he does not pull this off successfully?
  • What is the “east wind” Holmes is referring to?