As it turned out, the most famous detective of all time came to Odessa on business.
In the story «The Scandal in Bohemia» (1891), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle casually mentioned this trip of Sherlock: «From time to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons to Odessa in the case of the Trepoff murder…»
Then the story further developed in 1954, when Adrian Conan Doyle, his son, published a short stories collection, «The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes», co-authored with another master of the detective genre, John Dickson Carr. In these stories they developed cases Sir Arthur only mentioned, into full-fledged Holmes adventures.
So, the trip to Odessa and the Trepoff murder turned into an extremely exciting story «The Adventure of the Seven Clocks». The puzzle of the man who hated the clocks led Sherlock to Odessa, where he tracked down a gang of dangerous nihilist bombers and their leader.
«In Odessa I learned another fact of great interest»
«Eh? What was that?»
«The name of the Nihilists’ chief agent, a daring, mad, and fanatical spirit»