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The Final Solution: A Story of Detection
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Harpercollins
Publication date November 1, 2004
Pages 131
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780060763404
ISBN-10 006076340X
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
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Summary
Deep in the rural English countryside, an eighty-nine-year-old beekeeper--and one-time famous detective--becomes involved with nine-year-old Linus Steinman, a young refugee from Nazi Germany whose sole companion, an African grey parrot, spews out a mysterious series of German numbers that could hold the key to a dangerous secret. 75,000 first printing.
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In the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, prose magician Michael Chabon conjured up the golden age of comic books -- intertwining history, legend, and storytelling verve. In The Final Solution, he has condensed his boundless vision to craft a short, suspenseful tale of compassion and wit that reimagines the classic nineteenth-century detective story.

In deep retirement in the English country-side, an eighty-nine-year-old man, vaguely recollected by locals as a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than with 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 gray 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 perhaps? Or something more sinister? Is the solution to this last case -- the real explanation of the mysterious boy and his parrot -- beyond even the reach of the once-famed sleuth?

Subtle revelations lead the reader to a wrenching resolution. This brilliant homage, which won the 2004 Aga Khan Prize for fiction, is the work of a master storyteller at the height of his powers.



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Hardcover
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from Harpercollins (November 1, 2004)
9780060763404 | details & prices | 131 pages | 6.00 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $16.95
About: An eighty-nine-year-old former detective in rural England becomes involved with a young refugee from Nazi Germany whose sole companion, an African grey parrot, spews out a series of numbers that could hold the key to a dangerous secret.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Perennial (November 1, 2005)
9780060777104 | details & prices | 129 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $13.99
About: An eighty-nine-year-old former detective in rural England becomes involved with a young refugee from Nazi Germany whose sole companion, an African grey parrot, spews out a series of numbers that could hold the key to a dangerous secret.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Michael York (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Chivers Sound Library (January 1, 2005)
9780792734369 | details & prices | 6.75 × 7.25 × 1.50 in. | 0.66 lbs | List price $19.95
About: Retired to the English countryside, an eighty-nine-year-old man, rumored to be a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than with his fellow man.
With Michael York (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Harperaudio (November 1, 2004)
9780060765712 | details & prices | 5.25 × 5.50 × 0.25 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $22.00
About: An eighty-nine-year-old former detective in rural England becomes involved with a young refugee from Nazi Germany whose sole companion, an African grey parrot, spews out a series of numbers that could hold the key to a dangerous secret.
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780792734352
 
With Michael York (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Chivers Sound Library (January 1, 2005)
9780792734352 | details & prices | 5.00 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Retired to the English countryside, an eighty-nine-year-old man, rumored to be a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than with his fellow man.

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