Death on a pale horse : Sherlock Holmes on Her Majesty's secret service

by Thomas, Donald, 1926-

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"Donald Thomas is the all-time best at Sherlockian pastiche." -- Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

In a momentous period of British history, Donald Thomas's latest Sherlock Holmes adventure pits the Great Detective and his faithful biographer, Dr. John Watson, against an international conspiracy led by a disgraced English officer. Colonel Hunter Moran bears upon him "The Mark of the Beast"; his satanic ingenuity leaves a spectacular trail of devastation. It runs from the annihilation of a British armored column by Zulu tribesmen armed only with shields and spears, to a life-and-death struggle on the sinking passenger steamer Comtesse de Flandre .

The heir to the French empire lies dead in the African dust. Europe is brought to the brink of war by forged despatches, designed to enrich gun-runners and assassins. The gold-fields and diamond mines of South Africa become the playground of organized crime.

Only the detective genius of Holmes can prove a match for the unfolding criminality of Moran and his associates. With Watson and Mycroft at his side, Sherlock Holmes again demonstrates although the powers of the state and the underworld may try to overpower him, they will never out-think his splendid analytical mind at the height of its powers.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Thomas' latest Sherlock Holmes novel finds the great detective hot on the trail of a criminal mastermind almost as dangerous as Professor Moriarty, Colonel Rawdon Moran, formerly of the British Army, whose plot to acquire gold and diamond mines in southern Africa involves manufacturing a war designed to bring Britain to its knees. A fellow whose maniacal scheme rivals that of your typical James Bond villain (the book's subtitle, Sherlock Holmes on Her Majesty's Secret Service, makes an obvious Bond reference), Moran is a worthy adversary for Holmes, a fiendishly clever foe with a seemingly limitless capacity for evil. But Holmes, of course, has his own weapon, his powerful intellect (and, in this case, that of his brilliant brother, Mycroft, too), and he demonstrates once again why he always comes out on top. Thomas, who's written a handful of Holmes stories, does an excellent job of re-creating the feel of Conan Doyle's originals Dr. Watson's first-person narration is particularly spot-on while looking at Holmes from fresh angles. A fine addition to the voluminous Holmes-after-Doyle literature.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Master pasticher Thomas demonstrates that his gifts at creating new Holmes short stories, most recently in 2010's Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly, extend to the harder task of sustaining character, atmosphere, and plot over a full-length novel, something that Conan Doyle himself struggled with. The opening section consists of the narrative of Col. Rawdon Moran (brother of Moriarty's chief of staff, Sebastian), who took his revenge on English forces arrayed in southeast Africa in 1879, after he was drummed out of his regiment for conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman. The colonel's betrayals come to the attention of Holmes and Watson while they're in India consulting on the mysterious death of another army man. As with the best emulations of the originals, Thomas maintains both the proper tone and spirit, while presenting new facets of both the doctor and the detective that ring true. Agent: Charles Schlessiger, Brandt & Hochman Literary. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Holmes, Sherlock -- Fiction.
Private investigators -- England -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery stories, English.
Publisher New York :Pegasus Crime :2013
Distributed by W.W. Norton,
Language English
Description 346 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781605983943
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