For the first time in its one-hundred-and-twenty-five-year history, the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate has authorized a new Sherlock Holmes novel.
Once again, The Game's Afoot...
London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine art dealer named Edmund Carstairs visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson to beg for their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap - a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened. And then the first murder takes place.
Almost unwillingly, Holmes and Watson find themselves being drawn ever deeper into an international conspiracy connected to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston, the gaslit streets of London, opium dens and much, much more. And as they dig, they begin to hear the whispered phrase-the House of Silk-a mysterious entity that connects the highest levels of government to the deepest depths of criminality. Holmes begins to fear that he has uncovered a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society.
The Arthur Conan Doyle Estate chose the celebrated, #1 New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz to write The House of Silk because of his proven ability to tell a transfixing story and for his passion for all things Holmes. Destined to become an instant classic, The House of Silk brings Sherlock Holmes back with all the nuance, pacing, and almost superhuman powers of analysis and deduction that made him the world's greatest detective, in a case depicting events too shocking, too monstrous to ever appear in print...until now.
The hype surrounding what s being billed as the first pastiche ever officially approved by the Conan Doyle estate is amply justified in this authentic, if melancholy, recreation of the beloved Baker Street characters by the creator of the acclaimed Foyle s War TV series. A year after Sherlock Holmes s death (from natural causes), Watson takes up his pen one last time to recount a case they shared in 1890 that was too monstrous, too shocking to appear in print. The opening is prosaic enough. London art dealer Edmund Carstairs asks for the detective s help after a shadowy figure in a flat cap, apparently an Irish-American thug bent on revenge, surfaces near Carstairs s Wimbledon home. When a murder follows Holmes getting involved, the trail leads him and the good doctor to a powerful secret society known as the House of Silk. Horowitz gets everything right the familiar narrative voice, brilliant deductions, a very active role for Watson, and a perplexing and disturbing series of puzzles to unravel and the legion of fans of the originals will surely be begging for Horowitz to again dip into Watson s trove of untold tales. Author tour. (One-day laydown: Nov. 1)
So many different narrative “threads”come together “seamlessly” at the end.
Shades of Conan Doyle
I have read the complete Sherlock Holmes. This is most true to the original. I found it to be intriguing, complex, and engaging. The style, vocabulary, and phrasing were much like Doyle. A fit inclusion to the Holmes pantheon.
Lacking as entertainment
Unfortunately, I have found it difficult to read a chapter, set it down, then pick it up a few days later and recall the story well enough to pick-up where I left-off. I find myself spending too much time trying to review and remember what I’ve already read.
Unlike the original stories, more time and effort is expended (by the author) in being “authentic,” than in telling the story. Is this Sherlock Holmes? Yes. Is it a good story? Maybe. But here there will perhaps be a divergence of opinion between art and entertainment.
I am a Holmes fan, but am in it for the entertainment. This falls short of most — if not all — of Doyle’s work. It may be laudable for its legitimacy but I can’t really recommend it as entertainment.