Mr. Hall Pycroft got left without a job after the company he worked for closed down. When Pycroft finally found a new workplace at Mawson & William's firm, he got suddenly offered yet another position in the Franco-Midland Hardware Company. Pycroft was going to receive three times higher salary if he accepted to work for the latter. However he was not to hand his resignation to ”Mawson & William”. Something did not quite add-up and Pycroft’s suspicion started growing bigger. He reached out to Holmes and asked him to check up on the two brothers, Franco and Midland.
”The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk” is a part of ”The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes”.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born in Scotland and studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. After his studies, he worked as a ship’s surgeon on various boats. During the Second Boer War, he was an army doctor in South Africa. When he came back to the United Kingdom, he opened his own practice and started writing crime books. He is best known for his thrilling stories about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. He published four novels and more than 50 short-stories starring the detective and Dr Watson, and they play an important role in the history of crime fiction. Other than the Sherlock Holmes series, Doyle wrote around thirty more books, in genres such as science-fiction, fantasy, historical novels, but also poetry, plays, and non-fiction.