The House of Silk (Horowitz’s Holmes, #1)
Anthony Horowitz

For the first time in its one-hundred-and-twenty-five-year history, the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate has authorized a new Sherlock Holmes novel.

Once again, THE GAME’S AFOOT…

London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine art dealer named Edmund Carstairs visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson to beg for their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap – a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened. And then the first murder takes place.

Almost unwillingly, Holmes and Watson find themselves being drawn ever deeper into an international conspiracy connected to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston, the gaslit streets of London, opium dens and much, much more. And as they dig, they begin to hear the whispered phrase-the House of Silk-a mysterious entity that connects the highest levels of government to the deepest depths of criminality. Holmes begins to fear that he has uncovered a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society.

The Arthur Conan Doyle Estate chose the celebrated, #1 New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz to write The House of Silk because of his proven ability to tell a transfixing story and for his passion for all things Holmes. Destined to become an instant classic, The House of Silk brings Sherlock Holmes back with all the nuance, pacing, and almost superhuman powers of analysis and deduction that made him the world’s greatest detective, in a case depicting events too shocking, too monstrous to ever appear in print…until now.
(front flap)

The House of Silk (Horowitz's Holmes, #1) book cover

“So, Watson …?” he asked.
“Yes, Holmes,” I said. “I am ready.”
“And I am very glad to have you once again at my side.”

This is rather brilliantly executed. The tone, the style, the very essence of what is so marvelous about the Holmes stories is captured here, and while Holmes Rides Again may put too much of a modern twist on a story which is truly and elegantly bound by a detailed historical atmosphere, that’s the idea you get.

IT is, of course, not perfect. it’s too long for a Holmes work, and some of the detail of the streets, the background of London if you will, is forced through probably because it’s so far a representation of a London long, long gone. Still, for all that you realise it isn’t Doyle, it’s a Doyle attempt actually done very well indeed.

You can perhaps look at it less charitably and argue it’s fanfiction. I’ve read many a fanfic in my time which, given the style and quality of the writing, I would have eagerly paid for. I guess that’s where being a known author comes into play.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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