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Sherlock Holmes in America
     

Sherlock Holmes in America

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by Martin H. Greenberg (Editor), Jon L. Lellenberg (Editor), Daniel Stashower (Editor)
 

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Just in time for Sherlock Holmes, the major motion picture starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law: the world’s greatest fictional detective and his famous sidekick Dr. Watson are on their first trip across the Atlantic as they solve crimes all over nineteenth-century America—from the bustling neighborhoods of New York, Boston, and D.C. to

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Just in time for Sherlock Holmes, the major motion picture starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law: the world’s greatest fictional detective and his famous sidekick Dr. Watson are on their first trip across the Atlantic as they solve crimes all over nineteenth-century America—from the bustling neighborhoods of New York, Boston, and D.C. to fog-shrouded San Francisco. The world’s best-loved British sleuth faces some of the most cunning criminals America has to offer and meets some of America’s most famous figures along the way.

This exciting new anthology features over a dozen original short stories by award-winning and prominent writers, each in the extraordinary tradition of Conan Doyle, and each with a unique American twist. Featuring new stories by:

  • Edgar Award–winner Daniel Stashower
  • Edgar Award–winner Jon L. Breen
  • Shamus Award–winner Loren Estleman
  • Derringer Award–winner Steve Hockensmith
  • Anthony Award–winner Bill Crider
  • And many more!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Fans of Sherlock Holmes pastiches will welcome the 14 new stories, all set in the U.S., in this solid anthology from Greenberg, Lellenberg and Stashower (Murder, My Dear Watson). Newcomer Lyndsay Faye, author of Dust and Shadow(Reviews, Jan. 12), offers one of the volume's highlights, "The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness." In this version of one of Watson's legendary untold tales, Holmes cleverly solves the case in an armchair after the doctor describes a mystery he encountered in San Francisco. Robert Pohle makes good use of some ambiguities in A Study in Scarlet to craft a fitting sequel to Doyle's first Holmes story in "The Flowers of Utah," while Gillian Linscott has the detective ascertain which violin belonged to Davy Crockett in "The Case of Colonel Crockett's Violin." Other contributors include Steve Hockensmith, Loren D. Estleman and Bill Crider. (Mar.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Think the Great Detective never set foot in the United States? Think again. Fans' reactions to the 14 new stories commissioned by the editors of The Ghosts of Baker Street (2006) will depend on what they're looking for. If you've never been able to picture Sherlock Holmes in Boston or Chicago or San Diego, Matthew Pearl and Bill Crider and Carolyn Wheat fill in the blanks, and Victoria Thompson and Paula Cohen take him to New York. If you hanker for tales of Holmes in the Wild West, Lyndsay Faye, Loren D. Estleman and Steve Hockensmith are happy to oblige. Apart from setting new scenes for Holmes, the stories abound in inventive concepts. Gillian Linscott sets Holmes on the trail of Davy Crockett's violin, missing from the Alamo, and Jon L. Breen introduces him to American football. Robert Pohle provides a sequel to A Study in Scarlet, and Michael Walsh a bridge between The Valley of Fear and "His Last Bow." Lloyd Rose spins a tale told by the young Mycroft Holmes, and co-editor Stashower a Holmesian adventure starring Dashiell Hammett. Most of the plots, however, fall short of the concept and scene, with mysteries either transparent (Faye, Thompson, Pearl) or foolish and inconsequential (Hockensmith's burlesque of a ham actor, Crider's encounter between Holmes and Buffalo Bill). The volume closes with Walsh's irrelevant essay on Doyle's anti-Irish streak; Christopher Redmond's account of the author's first visit to America; and Doyle's own speech "The Romance of America," which sets a stylistic standard no other contribution can match.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602393523
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
03/26/2009
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Martin H. Greenberg Martin H. Greenberg has been called “the best anthologist since Ellery Queen.” He’s the most prolific anthologist in publishing history and recipient of the Ellery Queen Award for life achievement in editing from the Mystery Guild of America. He is also one of the editors of Sherlock Holmes in America and Vampire Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Jon L. Lellenberg is the U.S. agent for the Conan Doyle estate and the editor of The Baker Street Irregulars archival history series. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Daniel Stashower is an award-winning mystery novelist and the author of A Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Sherlock Holmes in America 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a lover of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and this doesn't come close to their high standards. While some stories are true to the Doyle cannon, others, such as 'The Song At Twighlight' are completely uncharacteristic to Holmes. I do not suggest this as a book for true Holme's fans. If you do want some new Sherlockian Adventures, check out my recomendations.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Sherlock Holmes in America is a collection of mostly only fair Holmes pastiches. None of them come close to anything in the canon, although a few are amusing. Searchers for new Sherlock stories should go to Mike Ashley’s The Mammoth Book of Sherlock Holmes.
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