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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes (John H. Watson, M.D) Paperback – October 2, 2001
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Loren D. Estleman is the author of several mystery titles set in Detroit including Motor City Blue (0671038982), Angel Eyes (0671039008), published previously by ibooks.
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I am a huge Sherlock Holmes' fan and was intrigued by the fact that this 'tale' was recorded by his assistant, Dr. Watson. The style of the story meanders at times and the pace is slower than I would like. The duo vows to keep the tale a secret but that goes by the wayside when they meet Robert Louis Stevenson who convinces Holmes to relay the tale based on Dr. Watson's notes. I found the novel entertaining and very authentic. This is a must for true Homes fans. Kudos to Mr. Loren D. Estleman who writes this novel as an acquaintance of Dr. Watson's.
The book has pace and the Hansom cab chase in chapter 11 in particular is a model of crisp narrative leavened with neat touches of humour There is even a bar room brawl to keep the plot stirring merrrily
The affection for Doyle and Stevenson is evident and the book is a thoroughly satisfying page turner with enough nous not to outstay its welcome at a tad under 200 pages
Read it if you like Holmes,good Victorian thrillers or just like having fun with a lively tale
The old friend and client turns out to be Dr. Henry Jekyll, of course, and the friend to whom he's left everything is his alter ego, Edward Hyde. The principle difficulty of the book, such as it is, is that we already know the main twist of this plot from popular culture. Nevertheless, Holmes and Watson pursue Hyde through London energetically, especially after he kills a member of Parliament, and the Queen asks for Holmes' help.
This is a good book, and I enjoyed it. As I said, the ending is somewhat of a let-down, because we already know what's going on, but it's still fun.