This character was the greatest foe of Sherlock Holmes (created by Arthur Conan Doyle). Who is this genius whom Holmes described as the “Napoleon of crime”? – 2017

This character was the greatest foe of Sherlock Holmes (created by Arthur Conan Doyle). Who is this genius whom Holmes described as the “Napoleon of crime”?

1. Adam Worth
2. James Moriarty
3. Sebastian Moran
4. John Watson

Answer: 2. James Moriarty




This villain in literature was ranked #46 (website “The Telegraph”), #5 (website ShortList.com), and #10 (website CSMonitor.com). From Doyle’s “The Final Problem”: “He [Moriarty] is the Napoleon of crime, Watson. He is the organizer of half that is evil and nearly all that is undetected in this great city. He is a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker. He has a brain of the first order.” Doyle apparently created Moriarty as a character worthy of killing off Holmes (of whom Doyle was tired of writing). Demand for the return of Holmes was great enough that Holmes was brought back from his “death” with “The Adventure of the Empty House.”

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