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alt. Sherlock Holmes: New Visions of the Great Detective Paperback – April 12, 2016
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About the Author
Although she’s best known for science fiction, paranormal, horror, and fantasy, Gini Koch’s (ginikoch.com) first literary love is mystery and suspense, and her first literary crush, at the tender age of 7, was on Sherlock Holmes. Gini writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series for Musa Publishing, and as G. J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series. Gini’s made the most of multiple personality disorder by writing under a variety of other pen names as well, including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A. E. Stanton, and J. C. Koch. Her dark secret is that pretty much everything she writes has a mystery in it—because mysteries are the spice of literary life.
Glen Mehn (glen.mehn.net) was born and raised in New Orleans, and has since lived in San Francisco, North Carolina, Oxford, Uganda, Zambia, and now lives in London. He's previously been published by Random House Struik and Jurassic London, and is currently working on his first hopefully publishable novel. When not writing, Glen designs innovation programmes that use technology for social good for the Social Innovation Camp and is head of programme at Bethnal Green Ventures. Glen holds a BA in English Literature and Sociology from the University of New Orleans and an MBA from the University of Oxford.
Glen has been a bookseller, line cook, lighting and set designer, house painter, IT director, carbon finance consultant, soldier, dishwasher, and innovation programme designer. One day, he might be a writer. He lives in Brixton, which is where you live if you move from New Orleans to London. He moved country five times in two years once, and happy to stick around for a while.
After a misspent adulthood pursuing a Music Education degree, Jamie Wyman (www.jamiewyman.com) fostered several interests before discovering that being an author means never having to get out of pajamas. She has an unhealthy addiction to chai, a passion for circus history, and a questionable hobby that involves putting a flaming torch into her mouth. When she’s not traipsing about with her imaginary friends, she lives in Phoenix with two hobbits and two cats. Jamie is proud to say she has a deeply disturbed following at her blog. Jamie’s debut novel Wild Card (Entangled Edge, 2013) is available wherever ebooks are sold. You can also find her short story “The Clever One” in the anthology When The Hero Comes Home 2 (Dragon Moon Press, August 2013). Look for Unveiled, the follow-up to Wild Card, in November 2014.
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Gini Koch’s Holmes is the most familiar. Her playground is Los Angeles where she consults for the LAPD. Rather than suffering from addiction to drugs, she has a more prosaic but almost equally destructive addiction to reality television. With Watson she investigates murder amongst the stars. I especially liked the portrayal of Irene Adler.
The Holmes (Sanford “Crash” Haus) of Jamie Wyman is a carnie and a trickster in the Post WWI United States. For all his brilliance, he runs the Soggiorno Brothers’ Traveling Wonder Show. After meeting Crash during his first case as a Pinkerton, retired soldier and doctor Jim “Dandy” Walker joins the group. The stories are fascinating, as is the commentary on race and class.
The final Holmes was in some ways the most poignant and troubling. Drugs run rampant throughout Glen Mehn’s novella. Dr (Doc) Watson is a drug dealer to the glitterati surrounding Warhol - the artists and the want-to-be’s. As much as he deals to others, both he and Sherlock use. In this part of the 60’s there is violent social upheaval. The civil rights movement is struggling forth and the extreme conservatives of McCarthyism plot in the background to undermine progress. Mehn’s Holmes unravels the how of Kennedy’s assassination, but too late to make a difference. Here is where the surveillance state and the manipulations of Hoover come into clear view. His second case is that of the theft of a physicist’s (a known supporter of the civil rights movement) work and an attempt to discredit him. Mehn’s novella is as much a warning as it is entertainment.
I absolutely loved alt.sherlock.holmes. It is a thrilling departure from tributes that attempt to emulate Arthur Conan Doyle. Rather than emulate, these authors rise to new heights taking inspiration from his classic tales, creating something new and astounding.
I received a copy of alt.sherlock.holmes from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.