Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes

In class-bound Victorian and Edwardian England, only detectives and doctors may go anywhere and talk to anyone. Holmes and Watson are the perfect crime-fighting team for their time and place. Like Wonderland or Middle-earth, Holmes territory is easily recognized: a fog-shrouded streetlamp, the hoofbeats of a horse pulling a hansom cab over wet cobblestones, the distant howl of an enormous hound...Holmes may be abrupt, flashy and deaf to human feelings, but he excels as protector and savior. His foes include the bullying rich, the smug, and the cruel, and he uses science and logic to deal out justice. The rest of us look; Holmes sees.