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The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel Paperback – October 2, 2012
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"Exceptionally entertaining ... one can only applaud Horowitz's skill ... impressive ... an altogether terrific period thriller and one of the best Sherlockian pastiches of our time."―The Washington Post
"The latest edition to [Sherlock's] distinguished legacy...Admirers of Horowitz's ITV series, Foyle's War, and Sherlockians will delight in equal measure. With consummate grasp, Horowitz unfolds an intricate and rewarding mystery in the finest Victorian tradition...For all its deft and loving fidelity, THE HOUSE OF SILK sees the great detective in grisly and unfamiliar straits."―Vanity Fair
"Cliffhanger plotting... Watson's elegiac voice should silence the objections of even the most persnickety Sherlock scholar."―NPR
"A book firmly rooted in the style of Doyle, faithful to the character as created and with just enough wiggle room to allow the author to say all the things he's been longing to say about the world of 221B Baker Street...THE HOUSE OF SILK will satisfy."―The Huffington Post
"The hype surrounding what's being billed as the first pastiche ever officially approved by the Conan Doyle estate is amply justified ... authentic. Horowitz gets everything right-the familiar narrative voice, brilliant deductions, a very active role for Watson, and a perplexing and disturbing series of puzzles to unravel-and the legion of fans of the originals will surely be begging for Horowitz to again dip into Watson's trove of untold tales."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Nicely captures the storytelling tone of Holmes' inventor in a galloping adventure that boasts enough twists, ominous turns and urgent nocturnal escapades to make modern moviemakers salivate ... Author Horowitz delivers some dramatic tableaux in these pages, including a railway robbery, a prison escape and a horse-drawn carriage chase ... the Holmes we see here is just as cryptic and clever as we've come to expect."―Kirkus Reviews
"Horowitz truly pulls off the wonderful illusion that Arthur Conan Doyle left us one last tale... Close your eyes and you can smell the shag tobacco of Holmes' church warded pipe as he sorts through the evidence."―San Diego Union Tribune
"Worthy of [its] canonical inspiration ... an impressive read ... Horowitz plots masterfully, foregrounding Holmes' trademark investigative techniques against Watson's pacey narration."―The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A tone-perfect, action-packed story of corruption, greed and dissolution, all the while capturing the sights, smells and social problems of 1890's London...This reader, albeit no Holmes expert, totally forgot the novel wasn't from Doyle himself."―The Cleaveland Plain Dealer
"An homage to the Holmes canon; Horowitz does a fine job with the atmospheric setting and tense plotting, and he captures Watson's voice and Holmes' character well. The crimes they uncover will, even in the 21st century, have a shocking ripped-from-the-headlines impact."―St. Petersburg Times
"The author excels at turning his readers into 'Watsons' who are devoted to Holmes and enthusiastically leap into danger just to follow the detective throughout a case...The characterization of Holmes and Watson is true to the original but also offers greater insight into a fascinating friendship...Horowitz even knows how to write a riveting chase scene that, were it filmed for Ritchie's movie franchise, would certainly be an adrenaline-fueled cinematic climax...for its attention to character, quality of plot, and Horowitz's familiarity with the original stories, it scores highly."―PopMatters.com
About the Author
Anthony Horowitz is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Alex Rider series and the award-winning writer of PBS's Foyle's War, Collision, Injustice as well as many other film and television projects. He lives in London.
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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.
I won't spoil the House of SIlk for you, but this is one story that touches on aspects of the Holmes canon that have probably never been fully addressed before: Holmes is smug, clever, occasionally infuriating with his "I knew already" statements, but we get to see a more human side to our favorite literary detective - his motivation for solving the mystery is not merely an intellectual puzzle for him to crack, but a deeply personal streak of guilt and repentance; you'll see what I mean when the White Ribbon appears.
As for our narrator Dr. Watson, the obvious question on this novel's authenticity is answered through him interring this narrative in a vault for a set period of time. But the story is so sprinkled throughout with references to the other Holmes stories, including the unwritten Giant Rat incident, that I had no trouble believing him to have been there to witness it. His loyalty and friendship with Holmes is beyond reproach; these are two men who would go to the ends of the Earth to ensure the other's safety.
As for the House itself, again, I won't spoil the reveal for you, but it is an organization with far reaching influence and a unique brand of evil unlike any that Holmes has encountered before - they are indeed a threat to be taken seriously, like our favorite arch nemesis Prof. Moriarty. Don't worry though, he's not to blame for this crime.
What else can I say except that the sooner you read this, the sooner you can understand just why the Conan Doyle estate personally authorized this story - an honor rarely received and never truly given before now.