By Sophia Whitfield
Anthony Horowitz has once again turned his attention to the world created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He has followed up his bestselling The House of Silk with a story set after Sherlock Holmes and his arch-nemesis Moriarty have fallen to their death at Reichenbach Falls.
Soon after the widely publicised demise of Holmes and Watson, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in London from New York. He examines the body of Moriarty to ensure the reports of his death are correct. It is here he meets Scotland Yard detective Athelney Jones, a devoted student of Sherlock Holmes.
Chase has been following an American criminal. Clarence Devereux is a successful criminal mastermind in America keen to take over Moriarty’s underworld empire in Europe. He is a new breed of criminal, one who sets no limits on his behaviour. Chase has lost a man and is keen to seek retribution from this new enemy ably assisted by Athelney Jones. Together the two become a partnership not dissimilar from the one of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. As they forge their way ahead across a fog filled London the body count mounts.
Horowitz sets the scene in a grimy, dark Victorian London. His language pays homage to the skill of his mentor Conan Doyle.
There are hidden weapons, gory scenes with blood pooling around dead bodies and mysterious disguises. Everything you want in a thrilling mystery.
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