From an interview with "Ivan Lermolieff, Holmes's confederate in The Strange Case of the Dutch Painter:
My name is not Ivan Lermolieff. That’s only a nom de guerre hung on me by Vernet—or can I say Sherlock Holmes? My real name is—oh, perhaps I should stick with Lermolieff. Which is actually an anagram of my mentor’s name. More or less.
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