"I think, Watson," Sherlock Holmes tells Watson in "The Five Orange Pips," "that of all our cases we have had none more fantastic than this."
The famous fictitious sleuth referred not to a world-wide financial crisis, but a multi-continental saga of murderous revenge, and it also centered on the British hamlet of Horsham, where the Group of 20 rich and emerging nations are meeting to solve their own baffling case, the Global Economic Collapse of 2008-?.
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Holmes solves the case, but not in time to prevent his client, who has inherited an estate in Horsham, from being murdered. Nor does he succeed in bringing the culprits to account, although they are dealt rough justice on the high seas.
Ministers of the G20 might take a precaution from Holmes' overconfidence at the beginning of the case: