The House of Silk (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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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 ...

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The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
Library Journal
Great news, Sherlock Holmes fans! For the first time ever, the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has authorized a new Holmes story. In fact, the estate approached Horowitz, author of the top New York Times best-selling Alex Rider series. A Holmes expert, Horowitz says he's steeped in 19th-century literature and will aim for authenticity in plot, language, and character. At the same time, he knows he's writing for a contemporary audience, and so he "took care to make the plot completely gripping and fast-paced." No word on the content yet—the publisher will reveal clues with tantalizing slowness, as in a good (ahem) mystery. Okay, so other authors have used Holmes as a character; this situation is different, and it's exciting however it turns out. All mystery fans will want.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606266819
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,102,600
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Alex Rider series and the award-winning writer of PBS's Foyle's War, Collision, Injustice as well as many other film and television projects. He lives in London.

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

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    Terrific pastiche!

    Holmes and Watson solve an ugly crime - or two or three - outwitting truly depraved criminals and bringing to light a corruption so secret and powerful that even Mycroft warns Sherlock from it -- and cannot come to their aid. It's a sound, consistent story, and each character rings true. Watson's references to his other adventures with Holmes are both relevant and revealing -- we're brought into the reflections of an older Watson, whose profound respect and love of Holmes remain unchanged, as does his rueful expressions of his own limitations and his not infrequent irritation with his great friend. They are the best kind of friends -- brothers by choice. I'm a huge fan of mysteries, of London, of Holmes and Holmes pastiche. This is a great example of each. I had a pretty strong sense early on in the story where and what the conspiracy involved -- but a terrific twist at the end caught me totally by surprise. I hope Horowitz chooses to do more. Fans of Victorian/Edwardian England, Holmes and Watson, and solid old-fashioned mysteries would enjoy this.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    Loved it!

    Brilliantly done and very well written. As a die-hard Sherlock fan, I can be picky about books like these, but I found this one to be a perfect mix of Sherlock+great plot+fast pace.
    Definitely recommend and hope he will do more.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Wonderful read. Do not wait to read this book!

    I loved this novel, it read like the real Conan Doyle.. Just wonderful. The story developed slowly, but to better savor it... This is Conan Doyle with universal human conditions akin to Charles Dickens. The novel is very well constructed.. it is a beauty...

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

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    Elementary

    Maybe it’s a coming trend. First the Gershwin estate authorizes a Broadway version of “Porgy & Bess,” in an attempt to milk its assets. Then the Arthur Conan Doyle estate authorizes for the first time a Sherlock Holmes novel. Another similar event and we might just be enjoying a fad.

    Be that as it may, this novel is based on one of the many unpublished adventures of the famous detective, with Watson, now retired, recalling one last case a year after Holmes’ death. It begins when a London art dealer visits Baker Street and tells Holmes and Watson about his confrontation in the United States with a Boston gang which has murdered a customer of his and which he believes followed him back to England. From this flows an intriguing tale far afield from the original surmise.

    The writing flows like an original Sherlock Holmes tale, and the logic and analysis reflect the virtuosity and great mind of the singular detective. Too often attempts to recreate classics fail or end up being something else. Such is not the case with this novel, and it is recommended.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Fabulous. I couldn't put it down. Horowitz not only captured t

    Fabulous. I couldn't put it down. Horowitz not only captured the essence and feel of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson I think he outdid Doyle. I've read all of the originals, seen all the movies and TV series, Horowitz really stays true to the characters and all of their quirks, mannerisms, and idiosyncracies. I hope he writes some more Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Very enjoyable Sherlock Holmes novel. As good as many of the original Conan Doyle mysteries. Hopefully, more novels by Anothony Horowitz will follow.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Channels Sir Arthur's spirit

    Horowitz truly captures the spirit of Doyle. I found my self forgetting that this is a contemporary recreation, and found myself once again swept away by the exploits of fictions greatest dectective. I hope Horowitz will continue to bring the Sherlockian world back to life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Excellent

    Loved it. If your a fan of Sherlock Holmes, you won't be disappointed. I was hesitant about it, thinking no one could capture the true essence of SH, but happy to say, it does. Read it in one sitting. Looking forward to more books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Good r T Good to be back with Holmes &Watson again

    For the fan of Sherlock Holmes and Victorian London this was an enjoyable & quick read,

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2014

    Subtle and surprising

    Subtle and surprising

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2015

    highly recommend!

    loved this book! While you can identify subtle differences in some of the main character's mannerisms, the author managed to make these lovable twinges!

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  • Posted January 2, 2015

    Okay Read

    Unlike the Doyle novels, this doesn't have the ability to capture one's attention. It's actually somewhat tedious. I've had the e-book for over 3 weeks, and not finished yet. I usually complete a book within days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2014

    Gaio

    Is waiting for else

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2014

    Beware reviews as there is another boring Harriet a foot

    under the signs of added A€* A A s have been cloned so there is more than one H H among them avoid more than 1 page review read on and you will avoid this mish mosh estates have been appriving the poorest continuations lately such as agatha christie

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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 January 21, 2014

    Wonderful read

    Excellent - a wonderful pageturner with fantastic imagery that adheres nicely to Doyle's original characters/world.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Highly recommend this book

    If you love anything Sherlock Holmes you will love this book....the authors description of details made you think you were right there with the sleuths. I want more please.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    PC not withstanding

    the book overall matched the original's flair. Watson's bent on social engenerring and sense of justice reflected a more recent authoring that I felt detracted from the narrative. That being said, the book was otherwise excellent. Would I purchase another? Yes. Would the author again pull out the soap box? Probably. If you like the SH stories though, you will be glad that you read this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    worth it

    Very good. So glad I tried it.I was skeptical but really enjoyed it. I would read more if he writes them.

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    i am not much for writing reviews, but i just finished this nove

    i am not much for writing reviews, but i just finished this novel and i must recommend it for Holmes and Watson fans. like many of you, i have consistently searched for new stories and re-read the Canon every year. there are several "nice" works out there, but this is far and away the closest thing to the original that i have come across. and, funnily enough, what makes it work is that the author didn't try to mimic the original voice, like so many do, or sprinkle in quotes from Canon works,usually in the most awkward places. this is an older, world-weary Watson re-telling a difficult, painful story and it worked for me. i must admit to being a big fan of the authors tv work, and i see his deft touch in the dialogue and descriptions found here. its not doyle, and no modern work really can be, but if you love Holmes and Watson, it is a wonderful trip to a well-loved destination.

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