Pirate King

Pirate King : A thrilling mystery for Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

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The latest adventure for the intrepid Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes takes readers into the frenetic world of silent films, where the pirates are real and the shooting isn't all done with cameras.

In England's young silent-film industry, the megalomaniacal Randolph Fflytte is king. Nevertheless, Mary Russell is dispatched to investigate the criminal activities that surround Fflytte's popular movie studio. So Russell is traveling undercover to Portugal, along with the film crew that is gearing up to shoot a cinematic extravaganza, Pirate King. But as movie make-believe becomes true terror, Russell and Holmes themselves may experience a final fadeout.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23.88mm | 264g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • map
  • 0749040688
  • 9780749040680
  • 104,149

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'Will astonish and delight even the most seasoned of Holmes devotees' Katherine Neville bestselling author of The Eight
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About Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King has won many awards for her work including the prestigious John Creasey Dagger, the Edgar, the Nero and Macavity Awards. Her background includes such diverse interests as Old Testament theology and construction work, and she is the author of highly praised stand-alone suspense novels and a contemporary mystery series, as well as the Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes series. She lives in California.
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9,057 ratings
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I get the feeling that Laurie King wrote this book as a little light relief after the unremitting tension of her previous brilliant novel, The God of the Hive. This book is, as always, impeccably researched and rich in detail of the activities and the times - the silent movie industry, life in Portugal during this era, and the piracy business. However for the most part it is lacking in the challenges, both intellectual and physical, that Holmes and Russell have faced up to now, as well as their own interaction because they spend so much of the time apart. Where is the danger mentioned in the blurb? Where is the desperate dash for freedom and the sequence of terrifying events leading up to it? For me, they don't exist. The demise of the villain is actually quite delightful in its staginess and I'm still laughing about it, but the ending is unfortunately a total letdown. I think even Russell and Holmes, relieved though they were, felt it was an anticlimax. I know I'm being most unfair to King because of all the research she obviously carried out to write this book, but we have seen this before - an author who is either emotionally burned out or else buoyed by the momentum of his or her previous success, and quickly produces another novel for the market. Having said that, I love her characters and the ineptitude of the producers of the film, also the premise on which it is based - a film about a crew who are making a film based on G&S's Pirates of Penzance. On that level it is a great read, especially as the worst thing that happens to Holmes is ... No, I mustn't give that bit away.show more
by S Levy
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