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Justice Hall: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Paperback – April 28, 2009
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About the Author
- Publisher : Bantam; Reprint edition (April 28, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553381717
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553381719
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.21 x 0.79 x 8.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #344,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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These are long, satisfying books. I finished Justice Hall this morning, and caught myself heaving a sigh of repletion, fulfillment and delight. I have enjoyed many books in recent years, but none have been this satisfying or so beautifully written. Even if you are not a particular Sherlock fan, these are wonderful books. I have just bought the next one, The Game, and can hardly wait to start.
During The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Mary and Holmes went on a trip to Jerusalem on some business for Holmes' brother Mycroft. During this trip they made friends with two brothers, Ali and Mahmoud, one of which turns up bleeding on their doorstep. The injured Ali, has come to ask for Holmes and Mary's help in convincing his brother to return to Jerusalem with him. Owing Ali and Mahmoud their loyalty for the help they offered all those years ago, Holmes and Mary set on a journey that both of them view as rather pointless. However, when they arrive at the sprawling mansion that Mahmoud has taken up residence in they are disturbed by the immense changes in their friend. Shackled with an outdated responsibility to his family, Mahmoud has become quite the miserable drunk. Wanting to help, Mary and Holmes attempt to figure out a way to make it so Mahmoud can return to Jerusalem with Ali.
The story here had a really interesting tone. This is the first novel in the series where King gives us a glimpse of the roaring 20's the way I typically imagine it, with extravagant parties and a cast of eclectic characters. It was pretty amusing to see serious Mary navigate her way through the fast-paced party atmosphere that this investigation foisted on her. Her horror/amusement at the parties and people found in them, paired with Holmes dodging out of going to the shindigs with her, was a definite highlight. It also offered a nice contrast to the more depressing aspects of the mystery that involved a World War I execution.
Seriously though, I was a little lost in parts of this novel because I hadn't read O Jerusalem. Which took me by surprise since most of King's novels seem to stand well on their own. However, King does give some back-story concerning Holmes and Mary's history with the two brothers, but it wasn't enough to explain why they both have such unswerving loyalty to Mahmoud and Ali. All this, of course, is my own fault for skipping the previous book. So I would definitely recommend reading O Jerusalem before diving into this one.
There are friends, family, children, secret passageways...and oh, the plot thickens. Where does the line fall between duty and desire? When you can’t fulfill your hearts desire do you change your whole life? How do you right a wrong?
Quite a read for those of us who are Russell and Holmes fans!
The four characters from previous books (Mary, Sherlock, Marsh, and Ali) are developed wonderfully, and a large cast of new characters soon have the reader rooting for them (or for their imprisonment); interestingly, the character I felt most strongly about was already dead before the story begins. The plot is complex, but logical and paced well. I am not want to cry reading King's Mary Russell books, but this story evoked strong passions.
This is a great book, and I recommend it heartily. But note: it will be a lot more fun if you have already read the earlier books, particularly the two with Ali and Marsh.
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Justice Hall is a very good read. The characterization is excellent, the writing is superb. It's the sort of writing that you re-read because it's so good and expresses so well. The story is part of the continuing saga of events that take place within the months of 1924 and hangs together well.