Sherlock Holmes--the missing years : the adventures of the great detective in India and Tibet

by Jamyang Norbu.

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A new Sherlock Holmes mystery worthy of the master Sir Conan Doyle himself.
In 1891, a horrified public learned that Sherlock Holmes-in a last deadly struggle with the archcriminal Professor Moriarty-had perished at the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland. Two years later, popular demand made Sir Conan Doyle resurrect the great detective. Holmes informed a stunned Dr. Watson, "I traveled for two years in Tibet, therefore, and amused myself by visiting Llasa."

Nothing has been known of those missing years until Jamyang Norbu's discovery of the Mandala, a carefully wrapped package in a rusting tin box. When opened, the package reveals a Bengali scholar's own account of his travels with Holmes. The Mandala holds the key to a mystery and tells the story of Holmes in a landscape so fascinating, a game so intriguing, that it is impossible to resist. An exciting, often richly humorous detective story, Sherlock Holmes: The Missing Years also evokes the romance of Kipling's India. Jamyang Norbu has written a mystical, playful, and witty page-turner.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "No, Sherlock Holmes didn't die when he and Professor Moriarty tumbled into Switzerland's Reichenbach Falls. In this latest addition to the growing list of Holmes' further adventures, we learn that, after Reichenbach, Holmes traveled to Tibet, "visiting Lhassa and spending some days with the head Lama." Tibetan author Norbu, speaking through his version of Watson, Huree Chunder Mookrejee (a character first introduced in Kipling's Kim), reports that, while he was in the Himalayas, Holmes helped assist the Thirteenth Dalai Lama assume his rightful position as the political and spiritual leader of the country in the face of unremitting interference by the Imperial Chinese occupiers. Aided by Mookrejee, Holmes helps the Lama make the epic journey that will secure his office. Although Norbu's tale sports a degree of fantasy and mysticism that Holmes undoubtedly would have abhorred, it is one of the more imaginative of the many addenda to the Conan Doyle oeuvre. Baker Street buffs will be glad to make the trip to Tibet. --George Needham"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: ""I travelled for two years in Tibet, therefore, and amused myself by visiting Lhasa and spending some days with the head Lama." So says Holmes to Watson in Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Empty House," which resurrected the detective after his apparent death at the hands of Moriarity at Reichenbach Falls. Ever since, Holmes enthusiasts have speculated as to what, exactly, the detective did in Tibet; this entertaining novel offers one scenario. In Norbu's vision, Holmes travels east to escape homicidal attacks by Moriarity's henchman. In India, he hooks up with Norbu's Watson figure (and narrator), Huree Chunder Mookherjee, a Bengali scholar and spy assigned to accompany Holmes, disguised as the Norwegian explorer Sigerson, to Tibet. The narrative features numerous neoclassic (Norbu is a Baker Street Irregular so perforce a Holmes expert) deductions by Holmes as he and Mookherjee travel to Lhasa, meet the young Dalai Lama and take on a Chinese-backed evil magician whose secret identity will surprise few. Norbu, who's a prominent supporter of today's Dalai Lama, uses the novel as a platform to castigate the current occupation of Tibet by China, but that political message is woven artfully into the story line, as are breathtaking descriptions of Indian and Tibetan life and landscape in 1891. The plot strains toward the end, resorting to bombast and magical fireworks, but, overall, this is an unusual and worthy addition to Holmesiana. (Jan. ) Forecast: The publisher promises national advertising and online promotion for this title. That's good, because this book has break-out potential via numerous markets: the mystery crowd, of course, but also general fiction readers and, not incidentally, the ever-growing mass of those interested in Buddhist-oriented literature. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Holmes, Sherlock -- Fiction.
Mookerji, Hurrish Chunder, -- 1824-1861 -- Fiction.
Private investigators -- China -- Tibet Autonomous Region -- Fiction.
Private investigators -- India -- Fiction.
Tibet Autonomous Region (China) -- Fiction.
India -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Bloomsbury,2001
Edition 1st US ed.
Other Titles Sherlock Holmes
Language English
Description 279 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 158234132X (alk. paper)
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