The Fifth Heart

The Fifth Heart

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In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to investigate the suicide of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams - a member of the family that has given the United States two Presidents. Quickly, the investigators deduce that there's more to Clover's death than meets the eye - with issues of national importance at stake.

Holmes is currently on his Great Hiatus - his three-year absence after Reichenbach Falls during which time the people of London believe him to be deceased. The disturbed Holmes has faked his own death and now, as he meets James, is questioning what is real and what is not.

Holmes' theories shake James to the core. What can this master storyteller do to fight against the sinister power - possibly Moriarty - that may or may not be controlling them from the shadows? And what was Holmes' role in Moriarty's rise?

Conspiracy, action and mystery meet in this superb literary hall of mirrors from the author of Drood.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 42mm | 450g
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0751548758
  • 9780751548754
  • 126,531

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A good old-fashioned mystery... a doorstopper to lose yourself in Guardian
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A good old-fashioned mystery... a doorstopper to lose yourself in * Guardian * A highly original reimagining of the beloved sleuth * Publishers Weekly * Lively, imaginative... a lot of fun * Kirkus * An engrossing literary mash-up * Entertainment Weekly * Rich in detail, with a complex plot that intertwines history with fiction * New York Journal of Books * If you're a Holmes fan, this book is probably a must in the canon * Huffington Post *
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About Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1948, and grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest. He received his Masters in Education from Washington University in St. Louis in 1971. He worked in elementary education for eighteen years, winning awards for his innovative teaching, and became a full-time writer in 1987. Dan lives in Colorado with his wife, Karen, and has a daughter in her twenties. His books are published in twenty-nine counties and many of them have been optioned for film.
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3,308 ratings
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4 35% (1,169)
3 34% (1,120)
2 12% (381)
1 4% (136)
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