Synopses & Reviews
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 Idellor Idle Jacka supposed gentleman hoodlum acting on behalf of criminal elements in France, Italy, Spain, and Germany.
As Moriarty fights backagainst both the unruly crime families and the forces of law and orderreaders 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."
"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.)
PRAISE FOR THE RETURN OF MORIARTY
"Bowls along with the pace of a runaway hansom to its cracking climax."Western Daily Press (Bristol, UK)
PRAISE FOR THE REVENGE OF MORIARTY
"Irresistible . . . vastly entertaining with a real sense of period."Liverpool Daily Post
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
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