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Anthony Horowitz is the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Alex Rider series and the award-winning writer of PBS's "Foyle's War," "Collision, Injustice" as well as many other film and television projects. He lives in London.
"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." "The Washington Post"" "Cliffhanger plotting... Watson's elegiac voice should silence the objections of even the most persnickety Sherlock scholar." "NPR"" "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"" "Enormously involving and entertaining, and even funny in parts... Classic tales such as the Arthur Conan Doyle stories carry the ideals and anxieties of their age, and of later ones. THE HOUSE OF SILK capably does the same." "The Philadelphia Inquirer"" "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 Reviews"" "Horowitz truly pulls off the wonderful illusion that Arthur Conan Doyle left us one last tale... Close your eyes and you can smell the shag tobacco of Holmes' church warded pipe as he sorts through the evidence." "San Diego Union Tribune"" "Worthy of [its] canonical inspiration ... an impressive read ... Horowitz plots masterfully, foregrounding Holmes' trademark investigative techniques against Watson's pacey narration." "The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"" "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"" "An homage to the Holmes canon; Horowitz does a fine job with the atmospheric setting and tense plotting, and he captures Watson's voice and Holmes' character well. The crimes they uncover will, even in the 21st century, have a shocking ripped-from-the-headlines impact." "St. Petersburg Times"" "Can Horowitz astonish us? Can he thrill us? ... Emphatically, yes!" "The Guardian (UK)"" "The author excels at turning his readers into 'Watsons' who are devoted to Holmes and enthusiastically leap into danger just to follow the detective throughout a case...The characterization of Holmes and Watson is true to the original but also offers greater insight into a fascinating friendship...Horowitz even knows how to write a riveting chase scene that, were it filmed for Ritchie's movie franchise, would certainly be an adrenaline-fueled cinematic climax...for its attention to character, quality of plot, and Horowitz's familiarity with the original stories, it scores highly." "PopMatters.com"" "The latest edition to [Sherlock's] distinguished legacy...Admirers of Horowitz's ITV series, "Foyle's War," and Sherlockians will delight in equal measure. With consummate grasp, Horowitz unfolds an intricate and rewarding mystery in the finest Victorian tradition...For all its deft and loving fidelity, THE HOUSE OF SILK sees the great detective in grisly and unfamiliar straits." "Vanity Fair""
Jacobi, whose readings of many of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories have been impressive, more than does justice to Horowitz's standout pastiche, easily one of the best ever attempted. The dark and somber plot plunges Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson into the dark underbelly of Victorian London in search of the titular house, the mere mention of which sparks fear at the highest levels of the British government. The detective's probe overlaps with a murder case linked to the stalking of an art dealer, apparently by an old nemesis from America. Jacobi is unparalleled at making his vocal characterizations distinct: his Watson has an inherent warmth and humanity and is a sharp contrast from his rendition of the doctor's higher-pitched and higher-energy companion. Even minor parts, such as Holmes's smarter older brother, Mycroft, a pawnbroker, and members of Holmes's young assistants, the Baker Street Irregulars, benefit from Jacobi's considerable gifts. Fans of Doyle's original stories are in for a real treat, both from the compelling story itself, and this memorable and gripping performance from Jacobi. A Little, Brown/Mulholland hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.