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Sunday, February 22, 2015

The House of Silk, by Anthony Horowitz

The House of Silk, by Anthony Horowitz, takes us back to 221B Baker Street in London, to the apartment of the famed detective, Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Watson, Holmes’ biographer and partner in the original adventures, again chronicles a thrilling adventure that will not disappoint fans of the original works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

"The game's afoot” when an art dealer asks for Holmes’ assistance after being followed by a mysterious man in a flat cap. The dealer and his partner sold a series of paintings to a collector in the United States, but the paintings are destroyed in a botched train robbery. In an effort to bring the thieves to justice, the art dealer and collector place an ad for information leading to the gang’s whereabouts. When the collector is killed, the art dealer escapes home to London. He is now convinced that the man in the flat cap is indeed a member of the notorious “Flat Cap Gang” who killed the collector and is now coming to exact his revenge on him. What Holmes uncovers is far more sinister than a simple plot for revenge, but instead sordid criminal activity at the highest levels of social and political power, which preys upon the most weak and defenseless.

What follows is a fast paced, thoroughly enjoyable story, in which Holmes uses his incredible powers of observation, dons disguises, gets arrested, engages in thrilling chases, and of course, identifies the evil-doers--that is, everything you’d expect from a Sherlock Holmes story.

The House of Silk was published in 2012 by Mulholland Books.

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