Synopses & Reviews
Located by a computer in the bowels of a major university, this missing manuscript by Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes's biographer and friend, reveals hitherto unknown adventures of the Great Detective'"while he was employed, incognito, as a violinist in the Paris Opera.
As the detective matches wits with a musical maniac'"the Phantom of the Opera'"in a death struggle for the body and soul of Christine Daae, the miraculous soprano for whom the Ghost serves as a mesmeric "Canary Trainer," we are treated to an adventure unlike any other in the Holmes archive.
Nicholas Meyer also "edited" the two-million-copy bestseller The Seven-Per-Cent Solutionand The West End Horror, both of which are available in paperback from Norton. Meyer is a novelist, screenwriter, and director as well as a Holmes scholar.
"The third of the versatile Meyer's canny Conan Doyle pastiches . . . takes Sherlock Holmes into new and fanciful terrain. . . . [A]depts and novices alike will relish the author's adroit mimicry of the narrative conventions of Victorian melodrama and his eye for period detail . . . . [L]ively and entertaining." Publishers Weekly
"Good, clean fun." Boston Globe
"First-rate action scenes . . . canny suspense-building." Philadelphia Inquirer
Located by a computer in the bowels of a major university, this missing manuscript by Dr. John Watson, the biographer of Sherlock Holmes, reveals for the first time a hitherto unknown episode in the life of the Great Detective.
The year is 1891, Paris is the capital of the western world, and its opera house is full of surprises. First and by no means least is the sudden reappearance of the great love of Holmes's life, an accomplished singer from Hoboken, New Jersey. Second is the series of seemingly bizarre accidents--each more sinister than the last--allegedly arranged by the "Opera Ghost," an opponent who goes by many names and is more than equal to Holmes. Alone in a strange and spectacular city, with none of his normal resources, Holmes is commissioned to protect a vulnerable young soprano, whose beautiful voice obsesses a creature no one believes is real, but whose jealousy is lethal.
In this dazzling sequel to The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, the detective pits wits against a musical maniac, and we are treated to an adventure unlike any other in the archives of Sherlock Holmes.
"Holmes enthusiasts will again find a story that is true to their hero. . . .Readers who just enjoy a good mystery thriller will appreciate the terse narrative and fast moving action." --Lawrence J. Goodrich,
About the Author
Nicholas Meyer lives in Los Angeles.