O Jerusalem

O Jerusalem

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At the close of the year 1918, forced to flee England's green and pleasant land, Russell and Holmes enter British-occupied Palestine under the auspices of Holmes' enigmatic brother, Mycroft."Gentlemen, we are at your service." Thus Holmes greets the two travel-grimed Arab figures who receive them in the orange groves fringing the Holy Land. Whatever role could the volatile Ali and the taciturn Mahmoud play in Mycroft's design for this land the British so recently wrested from the Turks?A recent rash of murders seems unrelated to the growing tensions between Jew, Moslem, and Christian, yet Holmes is adamant that he must reconstruct the most recent one in the desert gully where it occurred. His singular findings will lead him and Russell through labyrinthine bazaars, verminous inns, cliff-hung monasteries - and into mortal danger.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 146 x 234 x 34mm | 557.92g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0553110934
  • 9780553110937

Review Text

Feisty Mary Russell and frosty Sherlock Holmes in a fifth adventure (The Moor, 1998, etc.) - this one retroactive. Under cover of night, the two have been smuggled into Britishoccupied Palestine to do a job for Mycrofi - Mycroft Holmes, that is, the great detective's older (and some say smarter) brother. It's 1919, which shoves the Russell-Holmes saga back four years. Full-fledged partnership lies in the future since Mary, at 19, is still wet behind the ears as a ratiocinator. Marriage merely shimmers before them, an outcome with as little substance at this point as a Negev Desert mirage. Tree, Holmes does like the look of his young apprentice, but he is also twice her age. The why of the backward flip has to do with manuscript material newly available, but what really matters is Mycroft's mission. It seems that Edmund Allenby - the military hero whose tactical brilliance smashed Turkey's centuries-long control over Jerusalem - is in danger. Mycroft, a consummate danger-sniffer on behalf of the Commonwealth, is convinced of Allenby's imminent peril but unable to isolate or better define the circumstances. It's up to Russell-Holmes to give the threat shape. Which they do, thanks to the help of two remarkable British agents posing as Arabs, but only after numerous setbacks at the hands of fanatical adversaries. One is an unreconstructed Turk, as devious as he is sadistic; another is a villainous Englishman, mistakenly trusted in high places. Will Russell-Holmes repay Mycrofi's faith in them by rising to the challenge? A bit thin as to plot - and sedate as to pace - but Holmes gets to strut his stuff now and again so fans of the series aren't likely to complain. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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