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''The Seven-Per-Cent Solution'', published in 1974, is a novel-length ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' fic by Nicholas Meyer. It's a rewrite of "The Final Problem" and "The Empty House," revealing that the stories were really a cover-up for Holmes' descent into drug addiction and recovery. At the opening of the story, Holmes approaches Watson about his heretofore unmentioned ArchEnemy, Professor Moriarty. However, since even in canon Moriarty was just an excuse for Conan Doyle to try to TorchTheFranchiseAndRun, Watson can't help but notice how [[OutOfCharacterAlert unusual this sudden announcement is]], especially given Holmes' apparent raving. This leads him to conclude that Moriarty (who, he discovers, is really nothing more than a mathematics professor) is being persecuted by Holmes as part of a delusional episode. He undertakes to deliver Holmes to a [[TheShrink psychiatrist]] who can help the detective, who then draws the two of them into an adventure to help prevent World War I. ---- !!This work provides examples of: * AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Mycroft, of course. * ArchEnemy: Subverted. * BeenThereShapedHistory: The second half of the book is devoted to the efforts of the main characters in preventing the early outbreak of World War I (instigated by major weapons companies). * CorruptCorporateExecutive: The motivation in kidnapping the Rhode Island heiress. * DrugsAreBad: Until the mystery starts up, the whole thing is a VerySpecialEpisode. * EpiphanyTherapy: Averted. It takes months for Sherlock to slowly return to normal. * FreudianExcuse: It turns out that Sherlock's reason for distrusting women and throwing himself into his job and cocaine is [[spoiler: that his mother had an affair, possibly with Moriarty.]] * OutOfCharacterAlert * OutGambitted: Watson and Mary realize that getting Holmes to Europe will require that they trick him. Unfortunately, Holmes only pretends to go along with the scheme, thinking that Watson has betrayed him to Moriarty until he actually meets [[spoiler: Dr. Freud.]] * SherlockScan: Used by Holmes when he first meets [[spoiler: Freud.]] * TheShrink: [[spoiler: Freud]] is Type 3. * SmartBall: After wasting hours trying to figure out how to fool Holmes, Watson and his wife realize that they have to call in an expert: Mycroft. * VerySpecialEpisode
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