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When misadventure led a schoolboy in London to employment at Baker Street, few could have guessed where his introduction to Sherlock Holmes would lead. But as the lad matures and he finds himself caught in the middle of a murder investigation, his friendship with Holmes and Watson lures him into the role of detective. “Billy” documents his experiences, and soon his sleuthing skillsnot only bring him to another murder, but also lay the foundation for his metamorphosis intoa famous mystery writer, the novelist the world now knows as Raymond Chandler.
“Master R.T. Chandler,” Sherlock Holmes addresses the newly hired boy.
“I prefer the American way of saying names,” the youth replies, “—just Raymond.”
“What you prefer doesn’t matter,” Holmes counters. “Here at 221 we call all the pages ‘Billy.’”