The Final Solution: A Story of Detection by Michael ChabonThe Final Solution: A Story of Detection by Michael Chabon

The Final Solution: A Story of Detection

byMichael Chabon

Paperback | November 1, 2005

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In The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, prose magician Michael Chabon conjured the golden age of comic books, interwining history, legend and story-telling verve. In The Final Solution, he has condensed his boundless vision to create a short, suspenseful tale of compassion and wit that re-imagines the classic 19th-century detective story.

In deep retirement in the English countryside, an 89-year old man, vaguely recollected by the locals as a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his bookkeeping than his fellow man. Into his life wanders Linus Steinman, nine years old and mute, who has escaped from Nazi Germany with his sole companion: an African grey parrot. What is the meaning of the mysterious strings of German numbers the bird spews out-a top-secret SS code? The keys to a series of Swiss bank accounts? Or do they hold a significance at once more prosaic and far more sinister?

Though the solution to this last case may be beyond even the reach of the once famed sleuth, the true story of the boy and his parrot is subtly revealed to the reader in a wrenching resolution to this brilliant homage. The Final Solution is a work from a master story-teller at the height of his powers.

Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, Werewolves In Their Youth, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen?s Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, and the middle-grade book Summerland. He lives in...
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Title:The Final Solution: A Story of DetectionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.36 inPublished:November 1, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060777109

ISBN - 13:9780060777104

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this this is a cool little novel. Taking a retired detective, probably Sherlock Holmes, the case of a murder, a missing parrot, and a wartime setting, Chabon explores the aging process and the horrors inflicted on humanity in the 20th century.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes, Another fine novel by Charon. He takes a simple mystery, adds Sherlock Holmes when he is a dotter in gold man and combines elements of suspense and mystery into an interesting plot. When Holmes is asked by police to help solve the mystery central two the novel, Holmes only agrees to find the lost parrot leaving the mystery of the murder to the police. this was a really fun story to read and is a must for Holmes fans.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good stuff And a surprise - just when you think you know what will happen...
Date published: 2016-12-17

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“Infused with a graceful, elegiac atmosphere…wrought with innovative construction, glittering with epiphany…remarkable.”