Last word

The creator of the new Sherlock Holmes tv series in the Guardian

The genius of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. When it came to villains and mystery and heroes and adventure, there’s never been anyone to touch Sir Arthur. Every so often I have to write a “hero meets villain” scene. A suave exchange of verbal blows. Simmering hatred in clipped sentences. Wit and war!

I do it with a heavy heart because I know there’s a moment that can’t be beat – this simple exchange in The Final Problem, written in 1893.

Moriarty: “Everything I have to say has already crossed your mind.”

Holmes: “Then possibly my answer has crossed yours.”

Since those words were written, the rest of us have been fighting for second place.

Dominique Francon is dead.

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