- File Size: 2490 KB
- Print Length: 235 pages
- Publisher: MX Publishing; 1 edition (September 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 18, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075RDHN2Z
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,273,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When I heard of this new novel by Rob Nunn, I was excited. When I received an advance copy in the mail, I was thrilled. When I read in the introduction that the author used William Baring-Goulds’s chronology as the basis of his reimagined saga, the first thing I did was pull down my Baring Gould’s “biography” of the Great Detective Sherlock Holmes on Baker Street and also his ground-breaking Annotated Sherlock Holmes. Then, as I began to encounter proper names like Lynch and Backwater and Lucas, one after another, I realized that I was in way over my head, so I also pulled down Jack Tracy’s The Encyclopedia Sherlockiana. I may love Holmes and Watson; I have even written some Holmes fiction myself, but I am not a walking encyclopedia; not by a long shot. Well, once I was all ready, I dived into Nunn’s book.
He has done an admirable job of creating the “alternative ‘biography’” of Sherlock Holmes. Baring-Gould’s biography and Nunn’s biography can stand side by side and both authors can be proud. In both instances, for 300 pages, the authors “explored” innumerable possible scenarios, fleshing out details barely mentioned by Watson in the Canon, and inventing new but well-extrapolated action and machinations. Every time I encountered a name or place I was not familiar with, I found it in the encyclopedia. Nunn stayed 100% true to Watson. Of that there can be no doubt.
Nunn, like Baring-Gould, covers the whole span of Holmes’ life as recorded in the Canon. We begin with the episode of Stamford introducing the two; within a few pages they are settling into Baker Street, a bit later, Holmes is recruiting a forger, and then confronting a petty gang boss, episode after episode. Nunn religiously attempts to cover all of Holmes life in this one volume from the intriguing upside-down perspective of Holmes being a criminal. One concern I had as I kept turning pages was that Holmes the criminal boss seemed much too civilized for a criminal, even if he happened to be Sherlock Holmes. After all, Moriarty may have a gentlemanly affect, but he was never less than a monster.
Nunn’s inside-out biography is notable, important, and fun. I’m positive that it is the book that Nunn intended to write, and it is a fine and intriguing addition to the vast world of Holmes pastiche novels.