Shadow of Reichenbach Falls

Shadow of Reichenbach Falls

by John R. King
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Shadow of Reichenbach Falls by John R. King

Probably the most infamous story in the Sherlock Holmes canon is “The Final Problem” as it relates the facts of the death/murder of the master detective at Reichenbach Falls. On May 4, 1891, the detective met his archenemy Professor Moriarty on a ledge above the falls; the two became locked in a titanic hand-to-hand struggle before both tumbled over the precipice, presumably to their deaths, as witnessed afar by Dr.Watson. The outcry against the death of such a popular character was so great that in 1901 Conan Doyle was forced to give in to the pressure of his fan mail. He resurrected the detective by claiming that Holmes had managed to grab a tuft of grass during the fall into the “dreadful cauldron” and so had lived to solve another mystery.

But what really happened that infamous day at Reichenbach Falls and why did Holmes disappear in the aftermath? And what of the infamous Moriarty? How did a noble mathematician become the Napoleon of Crime?

The Shadow of Reichenbach Falls provides these answers and more. It turns out that the events were not just witnessed by Watson but by another young detective of the Victorian era—Carnacki the Ghost Finder. Carnacki rescues an amnesiac gentleman from the base of the falls only to find himself and his companion doggedly pursued by an evil mastermind whose shadowy powers may reach from the bloody crime scenes of White Chapel to far beyond the grave.

Filled with Holmesian lore and thrilling encounters evocative of Doyle’s work in the Strand magazine, The Shadow of Reichenbach Falls will undoubtedly join the ranks of such successful Holmesian pastiches as The Seven Percent Solution, The West End Horror, and Murder by Decree.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765318015
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 08/05/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

John R. King lives in Wisconsin and is a life long Sherlockian. He has written in the paranormal field for various RPG companies.

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Shadow of Reichenbach Falls 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
JL_Garner More than 1 year ago
In a clever retelling of the classic Holmes tale "The Final Problem," John R. King delves into the backstory of the mysterious Professor Moriarty while at the same time raising the question of whether an amnesiac Sherlock Holmes is still Holmes. Along for the ride is William Hope Hodgson's Thomas Carnacki the Ghostfinder, so there's definitely more than a touch of the supernatural to this adventure. The characters are well-written, particularly Holmes and Moriarty, but the plot is a bit scattershot and the story's conclusion a bit muddled. Still, "The Shadow of Reichenbach Falls" makes for a diverting read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was no mystery to it. It just dragged on to much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is 3 sections. 2 is far & away the best. 1 & 3 each have several chapters. Some are written in 3rd person, some in 1st person, and you don't know who the narrator is, till several paragraphs in. Changing " point of view" so often & so quickly (some chapters only a few paragraphs long!) made for a choppy reading experience. Too bad, because concept was really interesting! Good editing would have helped.
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Sherlock walked in. "You know, it's rather boring to do Gender blends. I like going for the Species Blend. What do you think, John?" <p> John shrugged, sitting on the arm of a chair. "I dunno. You tell me, Sherlock. I mean, you're supposed to be dead."
Progdad More than 1 year ago
Very interesting read. Holmes, Watson & Moriarty are back. The story flows very well. Very easy to read. I recommend it.
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She saw him wave. "Definitely him."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ah, i'm already creating a new character.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read this selection yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just to save time would have immediately got but went to publishers review and what a mish mash so borrowed. Still a weird combo and liked the spirit of jack the r p plus early use of shock treatment that they tried in return to oz movie not in book the borrower a friend of page counter but different taste in books so never loan