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Internationally best-selling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - dubbed the "Napoleon of crime" by Holmes - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls.
Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. Moriarty's death has left an immediate, poisonous vacuum in the criminal underworld, and there is no shortage of candidates to take his place - including one particularly fiendish criminal mastermind.
Chase and Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones, a devoted student of Holmes's methods of investigation and deduction originally introduced by Conan Doyle in The Sign of Four, must forge a path through the darkest corners of England's capital - from the elegant squares of Mayfair to the shadowy wharfs and alleyways of the London Docks - in pursuit of this sinister figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, who is determined to stake his claim as Moriarty's successor.
A riveting, deeply atmospheric tale of murder and menace from the only writer to earn the seal of approval from Conan Doyle's estate, Moriarty breathes life into Holmes's dark and fascinating world.
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By Larry on 12-17-15
Predictable story line. Terrible American accents.
What disappointed you about Moriarty?
The story was fairly predictable and the American Pinkerton agent was a joke in every respect. His accent varied between that of a New York street thug and a Boston tough guy. Neither of which made any sense given his middle to upper class background. In addition, the street-wise accent was in complete contrast to the stiff, formal dialog written for this character (I don't think he used a single contraction in the entire book). The author continually came up with bizarre/flowery vocabulary or phrases that would never be associated with a New York detective (high class or low brow). Last but not least, Inspector Jones continually tells Chase how much he values his help in the investigation. However, other than loyalty, I can't think of much that Chase actually contributed to the process. He simply seemed to be along for the ride. All of the incongruities in this key character made the book extremely difficult to listen to and impossible to enjoy.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The American accents and pronunciations were not up to par.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Jon on 01-24-15
Excellent story and presentation!
I could not be more pleased with this story. I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and I was not disappointed at all! The narrator was absolutely incredible and I will definitely look for other stories voiced by him!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful