SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Hidden Years

Michael Kurland, Editor . St. Martin's Minotaur $24.95 (388p) ISBN 978-0-312-31513-9

Kurland (My Sherlock Holmes ) scores again in this lively all-original anthology chronicling the "Great Hiatus," that period when Sherlock Holmes was believed dead following a tumble into Reichenbach Falls with archfiend Professor Moriarty. In Peter Beagle's engaging "Mr. Sigerson," the best of several tales featuring Holmes under his Sigerson alias, Holmes investigates a case of marital infidelity and fraud. An amnesiac Holmes finds himself in the midst of European high society in Rhys Bowen's "The Case of the Lugubrious Manservant," an appealing tale marred only by a surfeit of characters including Sigmund Freud and the Prince of Wales. Holmes is a bystander throughout most of Bill Pronzini's delightful novella "The Bughouse Caper," in which rival Victorian detective John Quincannon searches San Francisco for a serial burglar, only to be upstaged in the end by "the bloody Englishman." In Kurland's own contribution, "Reichenbach," the "Napoleon of Crime," Moriarty, narrates an imagination-stretching version of the duo's mock deaths as part of a counterplot to foil a "dastardly scheme" to discredit Britain's navy. Stories by Baker Street veterans Gary Lovisi, Carolyn Wheat and Richard Lupoff, plus others newer to the world of Holmes pastiche, round out this enjoyable volume. Agent, Jack Scovil at Scovil, Chichak, Galen. (Nov. 18)

FYI: Kurland is the author of The Great Game (2001) and two other Professor Moriarty novels.

Reviewed on: 10/11/2004
Release date: 11/01/2004
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 384 pages - 978-0-312-35156-4
Hardcover - 347 pages - 978-0-312-37846-2
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