Sherlock Holmes is dead.
Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind. Ably assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones, a devoted student of Holmes's methods of investigation and deduction, Chase must hunt down this shadowy figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, a man determined to engulf London in a tide of murder and menace.
The game is afoot . . .
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Following on the heels of 2011’s House of Silk, Anthony Horowitz revisits Sherlock Holmes’ universe with another witty and crafty tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle’s cerebral detective. American private eye Frederick Chase teams up with Scotland Yard’s Athelney Jones to investigate the mystery of Reichenbach Falls, the Alpine setting where Holmes and his nemesis James Moriarty allegedly tumbled to their deaths. Horowitz confidently unfolds his mesmerising thriller, tracking his capable protagonists as they follow an undulating trail of clues that leads them to a devilish new villain. Equally engaging for devout Sherlock Holmes fans and those encountering the legendary sleuth for the first time, Moriarty resurrects many of Conan Doyle’s most memorable characters.
In this disappointing follow-up to Horowitz's brilliant first Holmes pastiche, The House of Silk (2011), Sherlock Holmes appears only in passing, in a prologue in which narrator Frederick Chase, a Pinkerton operative, details the plot holes in Watson's account of the fatal encounter between the great detective and the Napoleon of crime at the Reichenbach Falls in 1891. Chase is on the trail of Clarence Devereux, an American Moriarty, when news reaches him of the tragedy in Switzerland. Chase believes that Moriarty and Devereux had been in contact, and he travels immediately to Meiringen, where he winds up teaming with Scotland Yard's Insp. Athelney Jones, who displays an unexpected gift for Sherlockian deduction. After decoding a message setting a meeting between Moriarty and Devereux at London's Caf Royal, Chase plans to impersonate the master criminal. As a pair, Jones and Chase are but a pale shadow of Holmes and Watson.
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A contemporary twist on an old classic.
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