Sunday, January 29, 2012

House of Silk

House of Silk
Anthony Horowitz

This book is is a new Sherlock Holmes mystery authorized by the Conan Doyle estate. Sherlock is hotter than ever. I saw the latest in the muscular version of Holmes and Watson depicted by Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law on Christmas Day and really enjoyed its non-stop action. Jared Harris, skilled playing an evil genius from his work on Fringe makes avery effective Moriarity. Even better is the modernized version presented by the BBC and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The first series was on last year and the next is being shown in the UK at present and we'll see it in the U.S. in May. Laurie King's wonderful and well-received Mary Russell- Holmes mysteries featuring the young intellectual wife of Holmes and Study in Sherlock are also well worth it for the hungry Holmes fan.

House of Silk is very good and not at all revisionist. It does feature some of Holmes irregulars and focuses on the terrible mistreatment of poor children during Victoriam times. Holmes has come upon a secret so heinous it threatens to bring down the government and he continues to pursue it despite being warned off by his brother Mycroft. It is very atmospheric with a sinuous well-draw plot.

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