Synopses & Reviews
London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine art dealer named Edmund Carstairs visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson to beg for their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap — a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened. And then the first murder takes place.
The House of Silk brings Sherlock Holmes back with all the nuance, pacing, and almost superhuman powers of analysis and deduction that made him the world's greatest detective, in a case depicting events too shocking, too monstrous to ever appear in print... until now.
"Horowitz truly pulls off the wonderful illusion that Arthur Conan Doyle left us one last tale." San Diego Union Tribune
"Exceptionally entertaining...one can only applaud Horowitz's skill...impressive...an altogether terrific period thriller and one of the best Sherlockian pastiches of our time." Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
"Cliffhanger plotting....Watson's elegiac voice should silence the objections of even the most persnickety Sherlock scholar." NPR
"A tone-perfect, action-packed story of corruption, greed and dissolution, all the while capturing the sights, smells and social problems of 1890's London....This reader, albeit no Holmes expert, totally forgot the novel wasn't from Doyle himself." The Cleaveland Plain Dealer
"A book firmly rooted in the style of Doyle, faithful to the character as created and with just enough wiggle room to allow the author to say all the things he's been longing to say about the world of 221B Baker Street....The House of Silk will satisfy." The Huffington Post
"The hype surrounding what's being billed as the first pastiche ever officially approved by the Conan Doyle estate is amply justified...authentic. Horowitz gets everything right — the familiar narrative voice, brilliant deductions, a very active role for Watson, and a perplexing and disturbing series of puzzles to unravel — and the legion of fans of the originals will surely be begging for Horowitz to again dip into Watson's trove of untold tales." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Nicely captures the storytelling tone of Holmes' inventor in a galloping adventure that boasts enough twists, ominous turns and urgent nocturnal escapades to make modern moviemakers salivate....Author Horowitz delivers some dramatic tableaux in these pages, including a railway robbery, a prison escape and a horse-drawn carriage chase...the Holmes we see here is just as cryptic and clever as we've come to expect." Kirkus Review
Almost unwillingly, Holmes and Watson find themselves being drawn ever deeper into an international conspiracy connected to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston, the gaslit streets of London, opium dens and much, much more. And as they dig, they begin to hear the whispered phrase — the House of Silk — a mysterious entity that connects the highest levels of government to the deepest depths of criminality. Holmes begins to fear that he has uncovered a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society.
The Arthur Conan Doyle Estate chose the celebrated, #1 New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz to write The House of Silk because of his proven ability to tell a transfixing story and for his passion for all things Holmes.
About the Author
Anthony Horowitz is a novelist and TV screenwriter. He is the author of a string of bestselling children's books, including Alex Rider, The Power of Five and The Diamond Brother series. The ninth and final Alex Rider book, Scorpia Rising, was published in March 2011. Anthony Horowitz is also the creator and writer of Foyle's War, and has adapted many of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot novels. He was awarded a BAFTA for 'Foyle's War' and Foyle was recently voted "The People's Detective" in the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards, an award voted for by viewers. He lives in Clerkenwell, London.