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Title:
Moriarty : a novel
Author:
Horowitz, Anthony, 1955- , author.
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Physical Description:
285 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall that claimed the lives of Sherlock Holmes and criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase and Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones, a devoted student of Holmes's methods of investigation and deduction, must track down a sinister figure who is determined to stake his claim as Moriarty's successor.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062377180
Format :
Book

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Summary

Internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of Detective Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty--dubbed "the Napoleon of crime"--in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls.

Days after Holmes and Moriarty disappear into the waterfall's churning depths, Frederick Chase, a senior investigator at New York's infamous Pinkerton Detective Agency, arrives in Switzerland. Chase brings with him a dire warning: Moriarty's death has left a convenient vacancy in London's criminal underworld. There is no shortage of candidates to take his place--including one particularly fiendish criminal mastermind.

Chase is assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones, a Scotland Yard detective and devoted student of Holmes's methods of deduction, whom Conan Doyle introduced in The Sign of Four. The two men join forces and fight their way through the sinuous streets of Victorian London--from the elegant squares of Mayfair to the shadowy wharfs and alleyways of the 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.

Riveting and deeply atmospheric, Moriarty is the first Sherlock Holmes novel sanctioned by the author's estate since Horowitz's House of Silk. This tale of murder and menace breathes life into Holmes's fascinating world, again proving that once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however im- probable, must be the truth.


Author Notes

Author and television scriptwriter Anthony Horowitz was born in Stanmore, England on April 5, 1956. At the age of eight, he was sent to a boarding school in London. He graduated from the University of York and published his first book, Enter Frederick K. Bower (1979), when he was 23. He writes mostly children's books, including the Alex Rider series, The Power of Five series, and the Diamond Brothers series.

The Alex Rider series is about a 14-year-old boy becoming a spy and was made into a movie entitled Stormbreaker. He has won numerous awards including the 1989 Lancashire Children's Book of the Year Award for Groosham Grange and the 2003 Red House Children's Book Award for Skeleton Key. He also writes novels for adults including The Killing Joke and The Magpie Murders. He has created Foyle's War and Midsomer Murders for television as well as written episodes for Poirot and Murder Most Horrid. He made The New York Times Best Seller list with his titles The House of Silk Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin and Moriarity.Most recently he was commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to write the James Bond novel Trigger Mortis. Anthony was awarded an OBE for his services to literature in January 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Horowitz is the fellow who gave us the wonderful Foyle's War on PBS and maybe the best Holmes pastiche ever, The House of Silk (2011). Now he's done it again, with a stunning riff on the Holmes-Moriarty clash. It's full of allusions to the Holmes canon that Sherlockians will congratulate themselves for spotting, then wince moments later when Horowitz gently reveals the prank. The hero here introduces himself as Frederick Chase, a Pinkerton agent sent from the U.S. to sort out Moriarty's gang. He partners with Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones, whom Holmes walked over in The Sign of Four. The experience addled Jones, who has made himself a wannabe, breaking codes and analyzing writing and struggling to be a master of disguises. Horowitz spins his tale in pitch-perfect Watsonian prose, easy and flowing, setting readers up for a finale that is truly jaw-dropping. A few pages at the end let us know how the con was worked on us, and that's fun, too, but it takes a while before the shakes go away.--Crinklaw, Don Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this disappointing follow-up to Horowitz's brilliant first Holmes pastiche, The House of Silk (2011), Sherlock Holmes appears only in passing, in a prologue in which narrator Frederick Chase, a Pinkerton operative, details the plot holes in Watson's account of the fatal encounter between the great detective and the Napoleon of crime at the Reichenbach Falls in 1891. Chase is on the trail of Clarence Devereux, an American Moriarty, when news reaches him of the tragedy in Switzerland. Chase believes that Moriarty and Devereux had been in contact, and he travels immediately to Meiringen, where he winds up teaming with Scotland Yard's Insp. Athelney Jones, who displays an unexpected gift for Sherlockian deduction. After decoding a message setting a meeting between Moriarty and Devereux at London's Café Royal, Chase plans to impersonate the master criminal. As a pair, Jones and Chase are but a pale shadow of Holmes and Watson. Agent: Jonathan Lloyd, Curtis Brown (U.K.). (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

From the best-selling author of The House of Silk comes a cunning new thriller. The year is 1891, Sherlock Holmes is presumed dead, and so is the villainous James Moriarty. Pinkerton Detective Agency's Frederick Chase, on the tracks of an international criminal mastermind, arrives in Europe only days after the fatal incident at Reichenbach Falls. There he makes the acquaintance of Scotland Yard's Insp. Athelney Jones, a man now well versed in the arts of deduction and ratiocination. Together the two return to a London inhumed by criminal activities. Without the assistance of the great Sherlock, will the detectives be able to uncover the ringleader and restore the peace in time to prevent a personal tragedy? Verdict Fans of Horowitz-and as the creator of the popular television series Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War, he has many-will be eager to get their hands on this meticulously researched and skillfully executed literary thriller. A fiendishly plotted exploit sure to bedevil staunch Sherlockians and fans of the popular BBC series (Sherlock) alike. [See Prepub Alert, 7/14/14.]-Liv Hanson, Chicago (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.