New York: The Armchair Detective Library / A Division of Otto Penzler Books, 1986. herlock. First Edition. Boards. 8vo, black boards, Mylar-protected colorful dust jacket (unclipped) illustrated by Dennis Stredney of Watson & Holmes overlooking masquerading figures, [ii] + 250 pages. Fine / Fine. Item #703
"In a sea of blackness . . . A bank appraiser, expert at identifying counterfeit papers, is discovered quite dead in London's financial district—but is it from natural causes or a cleverly disguised murder? Sherlock Holmes, ever the brilliant theorist, conducts his own brand of post-mortem as he leads Dr. Watson and a motley crew of confidence men on a precarious chase through the most notorious neighborhoods of London.
One primrose path leads to another—from the mystifying futures market to the most sensational costume ball in many a season. Lives, fortunes and careers are the stakes in this deadly game . . . and it's up to the master sleuth and the good doctor to unmask the cunning culprits before another corpse is found.
Frank Thomas has adapted this adventure from the memoirs of the esteemed John H. Watson, M.D. The case has been selected precisely because it was a cause célèbre in its day, although a true account of this sensational case has never before been revealed. In a hardcover edition for the first time, Sherlock Holmes and the Masquerade Murders is now a matter of public record, confirming again the stature of the world's greatest consulting detective."--from the jacket flap.