America's first African American heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Johnson, has a chance encounter with a mysterious Irishman, named Altamont, when they meet at the boxer s restaurant, Café de Champion, in August 1912. Johnson's new relationship with the unusual man, with beady eyes and hawk-like nose, places him in an unusual circumstance to help Altamont get out of a tough situation. In 1913, Johnson is nailed with a felony conviction in the American court system and flees to Canada, and later travels to England, to meet with fight promoters. But a stolen South African blood diamond and a grudge harbored against the controversial boxer from the past, puts Johnson s life in peril while on British soil, reuniting him with the mysterious Altamont. Will Johnson uncover the true identity of this Irishman, and entrust his life to Altamont's care? And as the action unfurls, Johnson forms an alliance with a black British rogue and grifter, Steve Dixie, but can this man be trusted? With all the uncertainty Johnson faces in a foreign land, and for his own protection, he calls in a favour from his American Mafia cronies, finding himself in league with American teenage mobsters, Alphonse Capone and Frankie Yale. Johnson, Altamont and their entourage of companions race against the clock, not just to save Johnson's life, but to preserve the national security and future of Britain as well.
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About the Author
Samuel Williams, Jr. is an African American journalist and grant writer based in San Bernardino, Ca. 'When I was a high school student at Christchurch School, a private Episcopalian boarding school located on the banks of the Rappahannock River in Middlesex County, Virginia, I fell in love Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle s Sherlock Holmes adventures', Williams said. 'In my readings, however, I noticed there were only two black characters ever mentioned in any of the adventures. I was also concerned the only black male character to appear, Steve Dixie, was depicted as a rogue and grifter. I decided I would write a Holmes adventure that would give Dixie s character some positive, redeeming value and I believe I was successful in doing so in the book, Anomalous: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes featuring Jack Johnson and Alphonse Capone'. Williams is the first African American writer to author a Sherlock Holmes adventure.
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Anomalous: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes featuring Jack Johnson and Alphonse Capone based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was pleasantly surprised how well written and researched it was especially for a first time aurthor. Before buying, I was curious to find out how Samuel would and could connect three such disparate individuals such as Holmes, Johnson and Capone and make it work. To my amazement and enjoyment, he did. I look forward to book 2.