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The Hound of the D'Urbervillesby Kim Newman
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Imagine the twisted evil twins of Holmes and Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Prof. James Moriarty - wily, snake- like, fiercely intelligent, unpredictable - and Colonel Sebastian 'Basher' Moran - violent,politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. Unravelling mysteries — all for their own gain.
A spin-off from Titan's highly successful Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series, The Hound of the D'Urbervilles sees acclaimed novelist Kim Newman (Anno Dracula) take on the fiendish Professor Moriarty.
"Stoker Award — winner Newman (Anno Dracula) pulls out all the stops in this delightfully roguish alternate take on the Sherlock Holmes canon, with Moriarty's number two, Col. Sebastian Moran, in the Watson role. Clever send-ups of canonical highlights abound. When the pair first meets, Moriarty, echoing Holmes's first encounter with Watson, tells the colonel, 'You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive,' though the professor's knowledge comes from background research rather than deduction. Regarding Irene Adler, Moran writes, 'To Professor Moriarty, she is always that bitch.' By denigrating Moriarty's magnum opus, The Dynamics of an Asteroid, a rival academic sets off an elaborate revenge scheme with elements familiar to H.G. Wells's readers. The rapidly paced narrative, with its rich atmospherics and chills, will appeal even to those few completely unfamiliar with Doyle's works. The author also brilliantly exploits canonical plot holes (e.g., although Holmes fears assassination, he leaves his Baker Street lodgings 'open to any who might wander in'). Sherlockians who don't regard the originals as sacrosanct will clamor for more. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Kim Newman is a well known and highly acclaimed author. He has won the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy and British Science Fiction awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, International Horror Guild and World Fantasy Awards.
He is also the author of the Anno Dracula series from Titan Books.
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