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The Holmes inheritance
Freemantle, Brian, 1936-
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New York : Severn House, [2004]

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346 pages ; 23 cm
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Not only did Sherlock Holmes survive the Reichenbach Falls, but he has a son, Sebastian, just graduated from a top European university, and itching to prove himself more than his famous father's equal. The opportunity presents itself in the run up to the First World War, when his uncle Mycroft, a member of the cabinet, introduces him to the First Lord of the Admiralty, an ambitious and bullish young tyro by the name of Winston Churchill. Rumour has it that cabals of US businessmen plan to exploit their country's official neutrality by selling arms to both sides. Sebastian's job is to infiltrate these circles and uncover the people and the deals by posing as a wealthy private financier . . . a task that proves both complex and fearsomely dangerous.

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Brian Freemantle was born in Southampton, England on June 10, 1936. He became a journalist and worked for four national newspapers. While the foreign editor of the Daily Mail in 1975, he organized the rescue mission to airlift 100 orphans from Saigon days before it fell to the communist north. Soon afterward, he left journalism to become a full-time author. He has written over 80 books including the Charlie Muffin series, the Cowley and Danilov Thriller series, and 5 non-fiction books. He has also written under the pen names of John Maxwell, Jonathan Evans, Jack Winchester and Harry Asher.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

British veteran Freemantle (Two Women, etc.) offers a Sherlock Holmes pastiche worthy of the best of Conan Doyle. Young Sebastian Holmes, estranged son of the great detective, sails to America on the Lusitania, at the behest of guardian Uncle Mycroft, to investigate rumors of business magnates plotting secret weapons deals with the Germans just before WWI. Posing as a wealthy European investor, Sebastian travels in his American host's private rail car from the "dark Satanic mills" of Pittsburgh to Washington's embassy row, all the while sending reports in code based on Winchester school slang to his celebrated father back in England. Holmes himself, now enfeebled and dependent on the ever-loyal Watson and Mrs. Hudson, nervously monitors events across the Atlantic. Deft scene shifts take us from one intrigue to another as First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill and rival politician Mycroft try to outmaneuver each other and use resentful Sebastian as a "performing monkey." Encountering arms dealers, shady middlemen and even a high society love interest, Sebastian nearly finds himself in over his head before he shows his true mettle in a dramatic finale on the docks of lower Manhattan. One hopes that this is but the first of many more Sebastian Holmes adventures to come. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved