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Join us Thursday mornings at 8:20 for Minnesota Reads on Northland Morning, featuring Minnesota authors talking about their work. Funding provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

MN Reads: "Rafferty's Last Case" by Larry Millett

A black and red book cover "Rafferty's Last Case" by Larry Millett
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Larry Millett has closed the book on a character that's been with him since the 90s. His latest book, Rafferty's Last Case (2022, University of Minnesota Press,) opens with the death of Shadwell Rafferty - the American contemporary to Millett's borrowed protagonist, Sherlock Holmes.

This is the ninth and final novel with Sherlock Holmes and Rafferty, but it's not officially the end of the original character. Millett has just finished three novella's that highlight Rafferty. "They're set in the late-1880s and early-1890s," says Millett. "I suppose you could say they're prequels."

For those die-hard Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fans, the spirt of Holmes's London is prevalent in Rafferty's St. Paul. "I worked very hard," says Millett, "to feel the spirit of Conan Doyle throughout the books and to be faithful... to the canon."

Minnesota Reads is produced at The North 1033 with funding provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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