Moriarty: A Novel

Moriarty: A Novel

by Anthony Horowitz


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Moriarty: A Novel by Anthony Horowitz

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062377197
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 59,702
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

ANTHONY HOROWITZ is the author of the US bestselling Magpie Murders and The Word is Murder, and one of the most prolific and successful writers in the English language; he may have committed more (fictional) murders than any other living author. His novel Trigger Mortis features original material from Ian Fleming. His most recent Sherlock Holmes novel, Moriarty, is a reader favorite; and his bestselling Alex Rider series for young adults has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. As a TV screen - writer he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War on PBS. Horowitz regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines, and in January 2014 was awarded an OBE.

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Moriarty 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 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' 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 11 months ago
Outstanding book with a surprise twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sherlock fans rejoice
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
It's not often that I read a book where I immediately want to re-read it as soon as I've read the last chapter (or in this case, the second to last chapter). This book starts just days after Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty heading over the Reichenbach falls. Pinkerton Detective Frederick Chase teams up with Professor Athelney Jones to take down an American criminal mastermind filling the void left behind by Moriarty. The writing is such a great homage to Doyle without being too on point so as to be distracting. The tone is dark, dreary, and exciting. Not enough can be said about this book, and yet nothing should be said so as to not spoil the book. Can't wait to read House of Silk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Somewhat more violent and bloody than Sherlock Holmes stories, but satisfying nonetheless. Slow your reading speed to capture the Doyle-like sentences. This is Moriarty's story indeed.
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.