Son of Holmes (August Lupa and Jules Giraud Series #1)

Son of Holmes (August Lupa and Jules Giraud Series #1)

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by John Lescroart
     
 

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They say he is the son of Sherlock Holmes...The author of The Fall and the Dismas Hardy and Wyatt Hunt series takes us to a small French town in the dark days of World War I.

The “reliably excellent”* New York Times bestselling author offers an engrossing historical mystery in which the rumor is that young chef Auguste Lupa

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They say he is the son of Sherlock Holmes...The author of The Fall and the Dismas Hardy and Wyatt Hunt series takes us to a small French town in the dark days of World War I.

The “reliably excellent”* New York Times bestselling author offers an engrossing historical mystery in which the rumor is that young chef Auguste Lupa is the son of the greatest detective of all time. And his mysterious legacy may come to light as he attempts to solve the baffling murder of an intelligence agent…

*Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for John Lescroart's Dismas Hardy novels

"Today’s best legal thriller series.”—Lee Child

“Grisham and Turow remain the two best-known writers in the genre. There is, however, a third novelist at work today who deserves to be considered alongside Turow and Grisham. His name is John Lescroart.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Lescroart's books are high entertainment, with accurate legal and police procedures leading the action.”—Sacramento Bee

“A gifted writer….I read him with great pleasure.”—Richard North Patterson

“Blistering courtroom sequences.…the undisputed king of the legal thriller.”—Providence Sunday Journal

“Unfolds like a classic Law & Order.”—Entertainment Weekly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1915 Auguste Lupa, a mysterious 25-year-old chef, is asked to join the weekly homemade-beer-and-conversation sessions of undercover French spy Jules Giraud, who is on the trail of a master German saboteur with designs on the nearby armory in St. Etienne. At Lupa's first meeting with Giraud's group, a member is killed with poisoned beer. Convinced that this murder is the work of the German spy, Giraud enlists Lupa in finding the culprit. An attempt is made on Lupa's life, the armory is blown up, and the probity of the chef himself is questioned by the police before he brings all the suspects together for a confrontation and unmasking. Detection fans will probably spot the villain early in this medium-weight puzzler. But they will lap up the details of Lupa's possible heritage, and with his brilliance, devotion to food, flowers, books, beer and the color yellow, it's soon plain that the chef is really the young Nero Wolfe. It has been suggested before that Wolfe was Sherlock Holmes's son, and this will be all the delicious ``proof'' that Wolfe fans need. Lescroart's first novel was Sunburn. (April 10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451208750
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Series:
August Lupa and Jules Giraud Series, #1
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
467,827
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

John Lescroart is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous legal thrillers and mysteries, most of them set in contemporary San Francisco. Among his novels are The Fall, The Keeper, The Ophelia CutThe Hunt Club,  The Second Chair, The First Law, Nothing But the Truth, and Dead Irish, as well as two novels featuring Auguste Lupa, the reputed son of Sherlock Holmes.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
El Macero, California
Date of Birth:
January 14, 1948
Place of Birth:
Houston, Texas
Education:
B.A. in English with Honors, UC Berkeley, 1970

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Son of Holmes 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
GregS_Tucson More than 1 year ago
I've read every one of John Lescroart's books and thoroughly enjoyed each one! Unfortunately this book is a sad effort at best. I bought it because of the author's name. Unfortunately at only 175 pages I believe the author (or publisher?) split this book and the 2nd Son of Holmes book into two that should've been left as one. I believe I've been taken advantage of as a fan of this author. I've had to force myself to read this book (unfinished and I've quit) and that wasn't the case for any of his earlier books. Save your money. I wish I had save the $12.99 plus tax this cost. Unfortunately, can't return it to B&N. Buyer beware.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is hard to write a review of this book because I have read and liked almost all of John Lescroart's books. This one is not like the rest of his Dismas Hardy books and for Sherlock Holms fans, I've read quite a few of those as well, it's not like them either. It's not action packed but develops slowly. It isn't even a great mystery because any half way decient mystery fan could figure it out before the end. Why the 4 stars then? Because the book is an engrossing read and well worth the trip. For me the story became secondary to the journey the author describes. It's a good book to take on your next long trip.