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Twain, Mark: Tom Sawyer, Detective (Illustrated). v1. 09 Oct 2012
TOM SAWYER, DETECTIVE
by Mark Twain(Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835 – 1910)
with 21 Illustrations by A. B. Frost (1851 – 1928)
First published 1896
The text of this book, published before 1923, is in the public domain world-wide because the author died more than 100 years ago. The illustrations are in the public domain in countries where copyright is Life+70 or less, and in the USA.
Mark Twain is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel." Among dozens of titles, some of his works include The Innocents Abroad, A Tramp Abroad, Roughing It, Life on the Mississippi, The Prince and the Pauper, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and many more.
This is another of Twain’s minor works, nearly forgotten today. In the fourth and final book of the Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn adventures, Twain slips into the detective/mystery genre popularized by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle several years previously. This is a burlesque of Sherlock Holmes, with Tom standing in for the almost preternaturally observant detective, and Huck as the perfect Watson.
While the boys are traveling south by steamboat to visit Tom’s aunt and uncle, they become intrigued by a mysterious fellow passenger, and soon learn about a diamond theft. Shortly after their arrival, a murder is discovered. Not only is Uncle Silas accused of the murder, he confesses! Tom is determined to solve all the mysteries. Not content to simply investigate, he is also a budding Perry Mason, and performs as a lawyer at the trial, with an obligatory climactic courtroom scene.
This is not as overtly humorous as the other Tom & Huck books, but bubbles with subtle satire. A very short pleasant read, suitable for for fans of Twain, fans of Tom & Huck, and fans of (not too challenging) mysteries.
Based on text from Project Gutenberg; proofed against pdf scan from Internet Archive. Formatted punctuation, restored italics. All illustrations are centered. Cross-linked inline ToC. Embedded font for titling and initial caps. Small drop-caps and Large initial-caps versions.
I hope you enjoy this.
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