Synopses & Reviews
In London, 1892, a well-guarded young nobleman goes missing under distressing circumstances. The nobleman, one Baron Renfrew, is actually Prince Albert Victor, eldest grandson of Queen Victoria. He disappeared while he was visiting a house of ill repute, with bodyguards both inside and outside the building — with his inside bodyguard rendered unconscious and the trussed-up corpse of a brutally murdered young woman left behind. Hoping to find the missing Prince and to clear him of the murder, the royal family is looking for a brilliant — and, more importantly, discreet — investigator. Sherlock Holmes, alas, is out of the country so, at the suggestion of his brother Mycroft, they turn to the only man who just might be more brilliant — Dr. James Moriarty.
Moriarty, at the time, is up on charges of murder, awaiting retrial after his first jury was hung. In exchange for his release and the murder charges (of which hes innocent), the so-called “Napoleon of Crime” will use all his resources to track down the missing prince and find out who is behind his disappearance and the brutal murders left in his wake. He soon finds that someone out there is laying a trail, setting up Moriarty himself to take the fall for the crimes. If the real Moriarty doesn't manage to unravel and foil this plot soon, he may never again draw another free breath.
Who Thinks Evil is the fifth Professor Moriarty novel from Michael Kurland.
"An implausible motive for a series of savage crimes in 1890 London detracts from the virtues of Edgar-finalist Kurland's fifth Moriarty novel (after 2006's The Empress of India). Professor Moriarty finds himself in the dock on murder charges stemming from a jewel robbery gone wrong, but the trial ends in a hung jury, affording him a reprieve. The highest in the land are in a panic over the whereabouts of Baron Renfrew, whose disappearance from a brothel coincides with the discovery of the corpse of a savagely mutilated woman. The wounds are eerily reminiscent of Jack the Ripper's m.o., and the authorities spring Moriarty to locate the missing nobleman. The professor can be as astute a detective as his nemesis, Sherlock Holmes, but the secret behind the killer's identity and the motive are revealed before the end, making this more a suspense novel than a whodunit. Those seeking alternate portrayals of Conan Doyle's archetypical criminal genius may find John Gardner's Moriarty trilogy more engaging." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Michael Kurland has made Moriarty more interesting than Doyle ever made Holmes.” Isaac Asimov on The Infernal Device
“Deliciously complex and abundantly rewarding...uncommon are the pleasures such writing affords.” Publishers Weekly (starred) on The Great Game
“The diabolical (and misunderstood) criminal genius turns sleuth to clear his name...there'll be much eyebrow raising and Victorian drollery before the satisfactory solution.” Kirkus Reviews on The Empress of India
“Brings fin de siècle Europe to brilliant life….The action veers and twists like a contemporary thriller.” Booklist on The Great Game
“Wit, humor, plausibility, and interesting characters in an involved and involving plot. Whether or not you savor the canon, you might want to venture into Moriarty territory.” Mystery News
About the Author
Michael Kurland is the author of more than thirty novels, but is best known for his Edgar-nominated mystery series featuring Professor Moriarty, including The Infernal Device and The Great Game.