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Requiem for Sherlock Holmes Paperback – February 2, 2014
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It is a requiem. A record of the cases that remained unfinished, that did not have a clear ending, did not culminate in an unquestionable triumph. These stories are memories, scraps of things long gone; but, above that, they are a tribute to a friend.
The humour in Requiem, the warmth, the liveliness belong to the character of Holmes. He is as he must be - an extraordinarily sensitive and responsive human being, paradoxically full of life and young in spirit. One can hear Watson's voice in these descriptions; they are born of love, of the desire to understand this man who can no longer explain anything himself.
The stories in this book are full of questions. The endings may seem somewhat anticlimactic; but that is their purpose - to convey to the reader the sense of loss, the knowledge that the problems recounted do not and will never have clear-cut classic solutions.
Thus, the idea of the book - a Holmesian tribute, a collection of memories - is an original and highly intriguing one, and it is used with some skill by the author, who clearly has considerable grasp of plot, characterization, and narrative devices. Perhaps the only weakness of Requiem is the author's insistence on using literary countersinking along the lines of "'Surely that is beyond even his considerable abilities!' exclaimed I, shocked at such an idea", but this, as well as other minor stylistic mistakes, can surely be attributed to the fact that this work is the author's debut.