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Nicholas Meyer: The Sleuth of Anti-Semitism

An early-20th Century detective story doesn’t feel like the timeliest of tales in 2019. But this year, when the Los Angeles-based writer Nicholas Meyer, 73, published “The Adventures of the Peculiar Protocols,” setting Sherlock Holmes on the trail of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” the timing was disturbingly apt. In a world where anti-Semitism is rising and becoming more overt and where a witness at the congressional impeachment hearings compared rumors about George Soros to “The Protocols,” this yarn by Meyer, an internationally renowned author and filmmaker (“The Seven-Percent Solution”; “Star Treks II, IV & VI”), has become, arguably, the most prescient book of the year.

Nicholas Meyer

Nicholas Meyer: Screenwriter, director, and author of “The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols.” Image by Leslie Fram

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What’s the last thing you listened to on your phone? The House Judiciary Impeachment hearings.

Earliest Jewish memory: Seeing “The Ten Commandments.”

Hero: George Washington.

2019 memory: My novel, “The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols,” reaching the Los Angeles Times best-seller list.

Weekend ritual: Listening to music.

Read an in-depth interview with Nicholas Meyer.

Read Nicholas Meyer’s essay about Harry Houdini.

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