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The Italian Secretary

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2005

    Disappointing

    Caleb Carr, the novelist behind the brilliant books The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, falls flat with his latest effort, The Italian Secretary. Carr writes well and paints a convincing picture of the era, but his story never really takes off. Despite having a pretty likeable Dr. Watson, Carr's Holmes remains very one dimensional [which might easily be a criticism on Arthur Conan-Doyle's creation, not Carrs interpretation of him]. Nonetheless, it's the story, or lack therof, that is The Italian Secretary's real downfall. The book spends a great deal of time attempting to set up its plot, before abrubptly reaching it's climax. We are never treated to a final conflict between the hero and villian, nor is there really any mystery to figure out. Anyone who is not a fan of the Conan-Doyle stories will have no reason to read this novel, and those who are fans will simply be disappointed.

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