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The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

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  • Posted February 27, 2014

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    Finding a new Sherlock Holmes novel is akin to learning that the

    Finding a new Sherlock Holmes novel is akin to learning that there is one more Cherry Popsicle left in a box you thought was empty.  For a moment, life could not be better.  When the novel lives up to the expectations of such a famous detective, with a “modern” crime, the elation increases exponentially.  Mr. Horowitz has earned his place among “The Baker Street Irregulars” and displays not only his talent as a writer but as one who seems to channel Sir Author Conan Doyle’s most famous Personal Detective.  
    The story, narrated and “written” by Dr. Watson, is set in the 1890’s and the listener is informed that the tale is so horrific and of such danger to The Government that it must not be told “perhaps for 100 years!”  Hence, this “new” Sherlock Holmes story is actually placed early in the career of Baker Street’s most famous resident.  When a gentleman, Edmund Carstairs, visits Mr. Holmes to request help in his being menaced by a stranger who has the markings of a gang member from Boston, where Mr. Carstairs had recently visited as part of his fine arts business.  Of course, the simple task of discovering who and why this stranger is shadowing a respectable London businessman is but the very tip of a morass of evil, entwining all levels of a very stratified society and ends with a body count that would equal a wild-west shootout.  In the course of solving this mystery, Holmes is: warned to stay away from the case by his brother, Mycroft, is assaulted, drugged, arrested and yet manages to be unsurprised by any event that occurs while solving the crime in an “obvious,” for Holmes, resolution.
    The crime is a contemporary one to any era but one not addressed in mysteries until the last 10-15 years.  Because of the heinous nature of the crime, according to the aged Watson as he pens the account of the adventure, its publishing must be delayed.  It serves as a commentary on the present age that such crimes continue to be perpetrated and little is there to be done to actually halt its being continued. The reality that such crimes are now being exposed brings little comfort to its victims.  
    Mr. Horowitz does a superb job of bringing a story that is 125 years “old” into today. I hope he will allow Mr. Watson to remember further untold mysteries solved by Mr. Holmes.  Learning about Victorian London, The Baker Street Irregulars, Inspector Lestroud and the trappings of 221b Baker Street are too dear to be absent from the world for long.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Good one.

    Not as good as the Sherlockian, but a nice read.

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

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    Well Done With A Modern Solution

    There are many more Holmes pastiches than the original canon. They vary greatly in quality. Horowitz has done a good job in his first sanctioned attempt. Holmes and Watson are treated with knowledge and respect. A fan of mystery stories can see part or most of the solution partway through the book. It might have shocked Holmes and Watson but, sadly, it is all too familiar in 2012.

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