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It is the turn of the century and, having survived the struggle with Sherlock Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls, Professor James Moriarty is alive and well and about to realize his plans to establish crime syndicates in the major cities of the United States. But suddenly he is called back to London, where his vast criminal society has been overrun by a rival concern led by the shadowy Sir Jordan Jack Idell—or Idle Jack—a supposed gentleman hoodlum acting on behalf of criminal elements in France, Italy, Spain, and Germany.

As Moriarty fights back—against both the unruly crime families and the forces of law and order—readers are thrown in among the lurkers, punishers, dippers, cracksmen, and the professors elite guard.

Moriarty lives again and revolts against those who attempt to oust him from his rightful place as king of "Napoleon of Crime."

Review:

"A derivative plot mars the long-awaited sequel to The Return of Moriarty (1974) and The Revenge of Moriarty (1975), in which Gardner reimagined Sherlock Holmes's arch-nemesis as a Victorian godfather, and radically revised Doyle's account of the two men's fateful confrontation at the Reichenbach Falls. After surviving that encounter, Moriarty rapidly resolidified his hold on the London underworld in the first book and embarked on an audacious attempt to disgrace the sleuth in the second. In 1900, the professor returns to London, as he did in The Return of Moriarty, where he again pursues a traitor in his ranks. Fans of the previous volumes may notice some problems of continuity as well as passages of the professor's reminiscences that appear lifted almost verbatim from Return. Holmes himself barely gets a passing mention. A reference at the end suggests Gardner (1926 — 2007) was planning a fourth and final reckoning between Moriarty and Holmes." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

The English writer John Gardner, who died last year at the age of 80, served in the Royal Marines during World War II, spent seven years as a Church of England priest, and then decided he'd rather write spy novels. He began with comic novels about a coward named Boysie Oakes who is somehow recruited into a British intelligence agency. Thanks to the success of the Oakes series, Gardner was chosen to... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

Having survived the struggle with Sherlock Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls, Professor James Moriarty is alive and well and about to realize his plans to establish crime syndicates in the United States. Suddenly he is called back to London, where his vast criminal society has been overrun by a rival, the shadowy Sir Jordan Jack Idell.

About the Author

JOHN GARDNER (1926-2007) was the author of forty-three books, including the acclaimed Boysie Oakes series and fourteen James Bond novels.

Table of Contents

Contents

Authors Introduction xi

Before the Tale Begins xvi

Chapter 1: Back to the Smoke 1

Chapter 2: Return of the Guard 15

Chapter 3: Questions and Conversations 27

Chapter 4: The Professor Reminisces 44

Chapter 5: Plot on the Boil 60

Chapter 6: Decimated 71

Chapter 7: Death of a Courtesan 87

Chapter 8: At Home with the Professor 103

Chapter 9: Resurrection 122

Chapter 10: The Lifting of Billy Jacobs,

and What Happened to Sarah 138

Chapter 11: The Hanged Man 154

Chapter 12: Benefit Night at the Alhambra 170

Chapter 13: The Monkery 194

Chapter 14: The Pagets and Their Future 214

Chapter 15: Georgie Porgie 229

Chapter 16: Little Boy Blue 246

Chapter 17: Holy Week 257

Chapter 18: Summer Term 268

Chapter 19: The End Game 280

Chapter 20: Sal Hodgess Secret 294

Glossary 299

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151012527
Author:
Gardner, John
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
England
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Otto Penzler Book
Publication Date:
20081110
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.24 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A derivative plot mars the long-awaited sequel to The Return of Moriarty (1974) and The Revenge of Moriarty (1975), in which Gardner reimagined Sherlock Holmes's arch-nemesis as a Victorian godfather, and radically revised Doyle's account of the two men's fateful confrontation at the Reichenbach Falls. After surviving that encounter, Moriarty rapidly resolidified his hold on the London underworld in the first book and embarked on an audacious attempt to disgrace the sleuth in the second. In 1900, the professor returns to London, as he did in The Return of Moriarty, where he again pursues a traitor in his ranks. Fans of the previous volumes may notice some problems of continuity as well as passages of the professor's reminiscences that appear lifted almost verbatim from Return. Holmes himself barely gets a passing mention. A reference at the end suggests Gardner (1926 — 2007) was planning a fourth and final reckoning between Moriarty and Holmes." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Having survived the struggle with Sherlock Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls, Professor James Moriarty is alive and well and about to realize his plans to establish crime syndicates in the United States. Suddenly he is called back to London, where his vast criminal society has been overrun by a rival, the shadowy Sir Jordan Jack Idell.
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