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From Publishers Weekly

The Twin Peaks co-creator's first novel confronts Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with a mystery involving black magic and Satanic manifestations.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This first novel by the cocreator of Twin Peaks arrives amid much hype and expectation. After submitting a manuscript to a London publisher, young Arthur Conan Doyle becomes the target of an occult group that bears a coincidental likeness to the subject of his novel. To Doyle's aid comes Jack Sparks, a mysterious and resourceful figure who ultimately serves as Doyle's inspiration for Sherlock Holmes. With enough twists and last-minute escapes to make it thrillingly palatable, The List of Seven seems a sure bet to climb the best seller lists. In the spirit of hyperbole, the publisher is planning to seal an epilog into the back cover to keep nosy Parkers from spoiling the book's ending. As if this were not enough to keep patrons drooling, Universal Studios is planning to release a movie version in summer 1994. All popular collections should purchase. Literary Guild main selection; Mystery Guild, Doubleday, and Science Fiction book club alternates; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/93. --Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (April 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380720191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380720194
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,005,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Colin P. Lindsey VINE VOICE on October 28, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There are books that are OK, books you like, books you love, and then there a another whole class of very special uber-books that you flat-out enjoy, devour every page, and feel devastated when they are finished. The List of Seven is one of the latter types of books and I whole-heartedly recommend it to others. It gets a six star review from me. Set in Victorian England this book has everything a rollicking good adventure yarn should. Follow a young Arthur Conan Doyle as he gets swept up into a grand adventure with secret agent Jack as they race desperately around the country trying to foil a devilish plot against the crown. Murder, magic, mayhem, zombies, the occult, recidivist arch-nemeses, crazed aristocrats, beautiful girls, reformed second-story men, the British Museum....this is one crackerjack of a novel that will leave you panting for more.

This book features AC when he is still a struggling doctor and before he has penned the Sherlock Holmes stories. Indeed, as you read, you begin to see that the future Sherlock Holmes is built upon AC's experiences with his secret agent friend Jack, who himself is the model for Holmes. This is one of the most inventive, enjoyable and wonderful books I've read in recent years, a superior example of magic realism that thrills you to the last page. Make sure you don't miss the sequel, The 6 Messiahs.

The author, Mark Frost, apparently had a hand in the Twin Peaks series. Whether you enjoyed that series or not, don't miss out on this book. They are as much fun as you can have with a novel in my estimation. I am not sure why Mr. Frost has not written more novels but I surely wish he would.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Denny on June 6, 2000
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If you haven't read Conan Doyle, you'll love this novel anyway. It's full of non-stop adventure, twists and turns, bigger than life characters, mysticism, and all out fun. If you HAVE read Conan Doyle, it's even more fun (if that's possible). Here Frost gives us the 'prototypes' for all the main characters that appear in the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, and it's a delight to recognize them in their other guises. For complete and total escapist fun, this is the book to take on vacation this, or any other, summer.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Erik S. Tavares on February 4, 2003
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If you have any interest in victorian adventure...heck, in ANY kind of adventure that involves breakneck chases, dastardly fiends, undead warriors, suspenseful escapes, a plot to conquer the world AND a pit filled with giant leeches...well, you can't go wrong!
It has been many years since I was so addicted to the book I could NOT put it down until I raced through it. My wife mocked me to no end, but if I could write half as good as this guy I'd be a happy fella. The only reason why it's not 5 stars is that the action does get a little absurd, written with broad strokes as if meant to be translated into a screenplay, and inadvertantly jostles the reader back into reality. But the rest is so pervasive it's hard to stay away for long.
Again, if you're not sure to purchase this or not--DO IT!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. James Riggs on November 24, 2007
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1. Because even though this is a "sleeper" book it's right up there with the Da Vinci Code in terms of not being able to put it down. Except for one's a much better written book.

2. Because you can read it once a year and still feel the same sense of "the game is afoot" adventurous pleasure. I've read it about 6 times since I bought it years ago (in the bargain bin no less).

3. Because Mark Frost weaves a supernatural thriller, "Sherlock Holmes meets the mummy" kind of tale that keeps you hooked from page one. The characters and emotions are strong, the action and occult mystery keeps you on edge and you can't help but stay up at night turning pages (nestled in that huge cozy high-backed leather armchair next to a crackling fire in the library whilst sipping a snifter of brandy wearing a velvet robe); it's the kind of book I love to read. In the right hands this book could be a fantastic movie and a good bet for blockbuster success (I think Universal bought the rights in 1997 but so far it's never been green-lit).

4. Because at 7.99 it's a steal. I'd get the hardcover edition if you can though, because it belongs in your permanent library.

5. Because if you read most of these reviews you'll see that I'm not the only one who feels this way about this book (fifty 5 star reviews at the time I wrote this).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trillian on July 9, 2005
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After reading one of the reviews on this site complaining of 'big words' in this novel, I had to write in with my own review, because to complain about the language used in this particular novel is an absolute travesty. The tattered paperback version of this book has been in my collection since I first read it years ago. It is one of the few mass market adventure novels I've read where the language itself is woven through the narrative like a tapestry, and reading the book just for the sake of watching the words flow is an absolute pleasure. The prose is beautifully written, the kind to which any writer would aspire, and since the language is perfectly evocative of the era in which the book is set, it pulls you in with vivid descriptions that do nothing but embellish character and story. The writing in some novels(Dean Koontz's The Taking, for example) seems littered with the most obscure synonyms in the thesaurus just for the sake of appearing more literary than it really is. I'd like to sit all of those authors down and make them read this book so they could watch a true master at work. The action in this novel, as well as its premise, is original and quite engaging, but it is the writing that really wraps the whole story up into a very compelling package. I am incredibly saddened that Mr. Frost's foray into novel writing seems to have ended with the sequel to this book, The Six Messiahs. I would very much like to see more of this very talented author.
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