- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) (August 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409135985
- ISBN-13: 978-1409135982
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 650 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,652,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The House of Silk: The Bestselling Sherlock Holmes Novel Paperback – August 28, 2012
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Enthusiastically replicating the spirit, style, suspense and atmosphere of Conan Doyle's stories, this skilfully crafted homage is an irresistible read. -- Peter Kemp SUNDAY TIMES Horowitz has captured Holmes Heaven THE TIMES An exciting, well-crafted novel -- Andrew Lycett SUNDAY TELEGRAPH Bravo, then, Mr Horowitz. Let us hope that the famous dispatch box contains many more cases for him to unearth FINANCIAL TIMES A lifelong Sherlock Holmes fan, Anthony Horowitz is the perfect choice to pen the first new official mystery and what a triumph it is. While retaining faithfully the style of the originals, Horowitz's lively prose makes this exciting story just right for a new generation of fans -- Sarah Clarke BOOKSELLER A brilliant new Sherlock Holmes novel. The tone of voice is pitch perfect, the send of place and time spot on. I don't want to give too much away about the plot but there are clever twist and plenty of trademark Holmesian moments. I thoroughly enjoyed this -- Sue Scholes BOOKSELLER Horowitz plays a perfectly straight bat. This is a no-shit Sherlock GUARDIAN Brimming with informed enthusiasm, this skilfully crafted homage to Conan Doyle is so enjoyable that you're sorry when it fades away to the strains of Holmes playing his Stradivarius THE SUNDAY TIMES Anthony Horowitz's new Sherlock Holmes novel The House of Silk is superb - indeed, I would say it is better than any of Conan Doyle's own Holmes novels, which always feel padded out in comparison with the gripping short stories DAILY TELEGRAPH Yet another Sherlock Holmes imitation? The field is crowded but with one bound Horowitz - well known for his children's books and TV scripts - takes the lead, with his perfect mimicry of Conan Doyle's style and Dr Watson's tone of voice. There is a suitably baffling mystery and the great detective is on top form. It's very good; dare I say as good as the original? LITERARY REVIEW It seems improbable, if not impossible, but it's true! Holmes is back at his best INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Perfectly paced, entirely unpredictable, edge-of-seat exciting and a total joy from start to finish. The more of it I read, the more I looked forward to basking in Holmes's deductive brilliance at the end: the solutions that are obvious once you know them but completely unguessable until you do. I am happy to report that all the required ingredients had been added; neither Holmes nor Horowitz let me down -- Sophie Hannah DAILY EXPRESS Horowitz infuses the novel with a superb eye for the detail of Victorian London but also a touching sense of melancholy, the book functioning as a subtle final coda to Holmes's adventures. Crucially, it also has a cracking plot and is a labyrinthine but eminently lucid page-turner METRO "As an exercise in literary pastiche the book is deeply impressive... He [Horowitz] also managed to produce an intricate and satisfying plot of which Conan Doyle would be proud and a book that drips with authentic period details." HERALD "Holmes fans - and indeed, anyone who enjoys a moody, atmospheric detective story that plumbs the darkest depths of Victorian London - will love it." YORK PRESS Brilliantly capturing the spirit and tone of Conan Doyle's original stories while devising a new mystery for modern readers is no mean feat, but Horowitz has risen to the challenge with absolute aplomb. GOOD BOOK GUIDE
About the Author
Anthony Horowitz is one of the UK's most prolific and successful writers. His novels The House of Silk and Moriarty were Sunday Times Top 10 bestsellers and sold in more than thirty-five countries around the world. He was recently commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to write the James Bond novel Trigger Mortis. His bestselling Alex Rider series for children has sold more than nineteen million copies worldwide. As a TV screenwriter he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle's War; other TV work includes Poirot and the widely-acclaimed mini-series Collision and Injustice. Anthony has recently joined the board of the Old Vic and regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines. In January 2014 he was awarded an OBE for services to literature. Anthony Horowitz lives in London. www.anthonyhorowitz.com @AnthonyHorowitz
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The story begins in typical fashion, with Holmes and Watson (visiting his old friend while his wife is away) sitting in their respective chairs by the fire. Sherlock delivers his usual uncannily accurate observations on Watson’s recent activities. Watson, per usual is totally flabbergasted until the requisite explanation is offered. From there we delve into a multifaceted mystery encompassing stolen artwork, Irish gangs, Pinkerton Detectives, and threats to the Baker Street Irregulars.
Horowitz is careful to include many of the common elements from Conan Doyle’s stories. The House of Silk, written for a modern audience, is darker and more violent than the original stories. Horowitz, not needing to contend with Victorian sensibilities, is able to lay out what Doyle only hinted at. In all, though, this is a well done addition to the Holmes canon. Fans of Sherlock Homes (duh) or Victorian mysteries should add this book to their to-read lists.
I'm not a huge fan of fan fiction, but am not opposed to it generally. I've read some that was well done, some that was obvious satire, and some that belonged in the trash. This, though, was brilliant. The story felt very true to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original work, if a tad darker in tone.
First, Holmes' escape from prison by disguising himself as someone else with just the aid of a wig and different clothes. I understand that it was supposed to be a testament to his ability to put on a completely different persona but I found it unbelievable that no one would have recognized him without at least some makeup on. Holmes' may be a remarkable character capable of great feats but he can not change the features and structure of his face just through acting.
Secondly was Moriarty's attempt to help break Holmes' out of prison by giving Watson the key to his cell door. Once Watson got into the prison, it was clear that this plan never would have worked since there were more gates and doors to get passed than the one key would open. I find it difficult to believe that a mastermind like Moriarty would make such an ignorant mistake. The whole thing felt contrived just to feature Moriarty.
However, I can't fault it too much - it was a very well written and complex story that kept me guessing while at the same time, I was pleased to discover at least one of my theories turned out to be right. I felt the writing was definitely in keeping with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's style, which is not surprising since it's been endorsed by the Conan Doyle Estate.
This was my first book by this author and I thought it might be worth mentioning that this is an ADULT book. It seems the author's previous work was mostly in the young adult/children genre so please don't assume that this is also young adult just because it's the same author.