The Holmes Affair
For over a century, the secrets of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's missing diary have lain buried. Now all that's about to change ..."Victorian London": As the world mourns the demise of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes at the foot of the Reichenbach Falls, Conan Doyle has a new preoccupation, as a chance encounter sets him on the trail of a brutal killer targeting vulnerable suffragettes. Together with Bram Stoker, he roams the dark streets of Victorian London searching for clues as to what happened to the girls. "Modern-day New York": Literary researcher Harold White's lifelong obsession with Sherlock Holmes turns into something far more sinister. The world's leading Doylean scholar is found murdered in his hotel room, and only Harold is familiar enough with the arcane mysteries of the Holmes novels to recognise the clues the killer has left. Clues which will lead him not only to a murderer prepared to stop at nothing, but also to the mystery of Conan Doyle's missing diary - and a secret that Conan Doyle, a hundred years earlier, risked everything to hide ...
- Hardback | 368 pages
- 156 x 236 x 40mm | 621.42g
- 06 Jan 2011
- London, United Kingdom
"The Sherlockian [Holmes Affair] is a brilliantly executed must-read for all admirers of historical fiction, Sherlock Holmes and intellectual mysteries. Engrossing, suspenseful and fast-paced, this debut novel manages to be both highly original as well as deeply reverential to its literary sources. It's difficult to find a new spin on Sherlock Holmes, but Graham Moore has pulled it off with flying colors" -- Matthew Pearl "Moore does an excellent job of making his characters and settings feel real, using his thorough knowledge of the Holmes stories to good effect. Given the enduring popularity of Sherlock Holmes, this title is an excellent choice for public libraries and historical mystery fans who enjoy Matthew Pearl's thrillers." Library Journal "A ripping good story that's packed with loads of Doyle and Holmes trivia." USA Today "Moore's blend of 'the verifiably real, the probably real, the possibly real and the demonstrably false' is clever and intriguing" Guardian "A delight... and you don't even have to be a Holmes buff to enjoy it." Daily Mail
About Graham Moore
Graham Moore is a writer for film and television. He is currently a staff writer on the television show 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, and is also writing the feature action-comedy ID THEFT for Charlize Theron, who is set to produce and star. Graham was born and raised in Chicago, the son of a criminal defense attorney and a political lawyer. His mother, Susan Sher, worked for the mayor when Graham was growing up, and she is now Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama. He now lives in Los Angeles. The first book he ever read from start to finish, in 2nd grade, was Agatha Christie's A MURDER IN THREE ACTS, and he has been obsessed with mystery stories ever since. THE HOLMES AFFAIR, his first novel, is the product of this life-long need to know who-done-it.