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Moriarty: A Novel

Moriarty: A Novel

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by Anthony Horowitz

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The game is once again afoot in this thrilling mystery from the bestselling author of The House of Silk, sanctioned by the Conan Doyle estate, which explores what really happened when Sherlock Holmes and his arch nemesis Professor Moriarty tumbled to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls.

Internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz’s


The game is once again afoot in this thrilling mystery from the bestselling author of The House of Silk, sanctioned by the Conan Doyle estate, which explores what really happened when Sherlock Holmes and his arch nemesis Professor Moriarty tumbled to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls.

Internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz’s nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty—dubbed the Napoleon of crime” by Holmes—in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls.

Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. Moriarty’s death has left an immediate, poisonous vacuum in the criminal underworld, and there is no shortage of candidates to take his place—including one particularly fiendish criminal mastermind.

Chase and Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones, a devoted student of Holmes’s methods of investigation and deduction originally introduced by Conan Doyle in “The Sign of Four”, must forge a path through the darkest corners of England’s capital—from the elegant squares of Mayfair to the shadowy wharfs and alleyways of the London Docks—in pursuit of this sinister figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, who is determined to stake his claim as Moriarty’s successor.

A riveting, deeply atmospheric tale of murder and menace from one of the only writers to earn the seal of approval from Conan Doyle’s estate, Moriarty breathes life into Holmes’s dark and fascinating world.

Editorial Reviews

People Magazine
“The author turns up the suspense, the sleuths turn up the clues, and crooks end up dead all while Moriarty’s specter hovers. Anything but elementary, this clever thriller is sure to please Sherlock fans.”
Marilyn Stasio
“Anthony Horowitz throws down the gauntlet in his infernally clever Sherlock Holmes pastiche.”
Boston Globe
“Ultimately, the dastardly deeds, the cleverness behind the crimes and the detailed narrative spark multiple echoes of Holmesian elements while producing something new: a pleasurably imaginative theory of what might happened immediately following the showdown at the Falls.”
Financial Times
“Though Horowitz dishes up the gore and violence with relish, he also offers all the tropes one might expect from a Holmes yarn, including baffling coded messages, impossible murders and clever red herrings... its plotting just as brilliantly gnarly but its tone more self-aware and laced with in-jokes.”
LJ Express
“meticulously researched and skillfully executed…. A fiendishly plotted exploit.”
(starred) Booklist
“A stunning riff on the Holmes-Moriarty clash. It’s full of allusions to the Holmes cannon that Sherlockians will congratulate themselves for spotting, then wince moments later when Horowitz gently reveals the prank.... Horowitz spins his tale in pitch-perfect Watsonian prose…setting readers up for a finale that is truly jaw-dropping.”
Sunday Mirror (UK)
“In this skilfully executed follow on, Horowitz takes up the Conan Doyle baton and creates a suitably stylish and twisty detective story.”
Daily Mail (London)
“Thrilling and compelling, with a stunning twist, this is written as if Conan Doyle were at Horowitz’s shoulder, and is—in my view—the finest crime novel of the year.”
Shortlist (UK)
“An unpredictable and twist-filled mystery from start to finish. But what do you expect from the man penning the next James Bond novel?”
Daily Express (London)
“Is there nothing Anthony Horowitz touches that doesn’t turn to gold? ...He captures Conan Doyle’s narrative technique to perfection. Gory murders, honest thieves, brilliant disguises, breathless chases and red herrings abound.”
The Independent (UK)
“A page-turning novel for all ages that continues the story of Sherlock Holmes’s greatest enemy…crammed with references to some of [Doyle’s] best-loved stories.”

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Meet the Author

Anthony Horowitz is the author of the New York Times bestseller Moriarty and the inter- nationally bestselling The House of Silk, as well as the New York Times bestselling Alex Rider series for young adults. As a television screenwriter, he created Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War, both of which were featured on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery. He regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines, and in January 2014 was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to literature. He lives in London.

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Moriarty 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Well, mystery buffs, fiction fans and television lovers will all recognize this name - Professor Moriarty - the arch nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. Anthony Horowitz's new book, Moriarty, takes place mere days after the final confrontation of Holmes and Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls that resulted in both men's deaths. Pinkerton Detective Frederick Chase arrives from the US. He is tracking an American criminal kingpin who was to join forces with Moriarty. Could there be a clue left on the body pulled from the bottom of the falls? Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones (who appeared in Doyle's story The Sign of Four) is also at the falls to view the body pulled from the bottom. Jones is a devoted fan of Holmes' methods and escapades. The two join forces to hunt down the kingpin. Chase is the narrator of Moriarty I had read Horowitz's book The House of Silk (a Sherlock Holmes mystery - my review) and knew I would love this novel as well. The tone, the language and the settings all capture the feel of Doyle's writing style. But Horowitz does not try to mimic or copy the originals. He does put his own stamp on the book. Doyle's estate has approved Horowitz to write these novels. I felt a delicious frisson of anticipation as the phrase "The game is afoot" was uttered. The clues are there, the deductions are made and twining together of the threads begins as the mystery is slowly pieced together, then the action starts to ramp up as the pair get closer and closer to their quarry and.... ....and the final few chapters were fantastic. I had a small little voice saying...'maybe'...as I read, but Horowitz still caught me unawares. And then I had to go back and read the beginning again! Absolutely loved it! Moriarty is definitely recommended. (And I'm really hoping there's another book in the works.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a Sherlock Holmes mystery in the style of Conan Doyle, well... read The House of Silk. This is something different... an exploration of the events following Moriarty's plunge to his death at Reichenbach Falls in "The Final Problem." Characters from the Holmes canon pop up here and there, but this is not a pastiche. It is very much a Holmes-style story, but without Holmes or Watson at the center of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a big fan of Anthony Horowitz's resculpting of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, I looked forward to the release of this novel. I was not disappointed by the deduction details he provided in a highly complex plot. Unfortunately, I feel that he abandoned the writing spirit of Arthur Conan Doyle by adding unnecessary violence and gore in order to attract customers who aren't attracted by the mental workouts of typical mysteries of the ilk. Too bad, because the story concept was a good one filled with unexpected twists. Falls far short of his previous effort The House of Silk.
MGL11 More than 1 year ago
Fast moving, well written and thoroughly entertaining.  Of course there is some element of the fantastical to the whole story.  Nevertheless fans of the genre will really enjoy this period piece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has been public so long with so many books movies using the real characters even getting him married in one series. what happened to the copyright laws? isnt homes in public domain by now like tom sawyer? This is just another gas light mystery puffed up by the name and isnt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a quick read. I thought I knew what was going to happen, but the author totally flipped the switch! Anyone who is an Agatha Christie or Conan Doyle fan, I DEFINITELY recommend this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This you will enjoy
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How long does estate copyrights hold? Thought anyone can and has written about holmes? This is the authors mystery not a doyle and compared to the recent christie just a tad better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. But he tries to change cannon. It is poorly done. And the author has zeero credibility to change cannon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Misleading is the key word here. (1) This is NOT a Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson story. Rather, it is a S.H. era piece about two other investigators looking into Holmes's apparent demise. (2) The reviews claim this book was "sanctioned by the author's estate" -- the author is Horowitz and he's still alive. Do they mean the Arthur Conan Doyle estate? Why would Conan Doyle's estate sanction "Moriarty" when it is NOT a S.H. story? Very odd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are going to compete with Amazon you have cut your delivery time. I have ordered books from Amazon and had them delivered the next day. 2 days at the most. With you it was always over a week.