In the late seventies an extraordinary document came to light which for fifty years had been held on deposit by the bankers of the deceased John Herbert Watson MD - better known to devotees of Conan Doyle as Dr Watson.
A continuous narrative in the doctor’s own hand, the story opens in the East End of London in 1888. Three women have been savagely murdered by Jack the Ripper. To calm the public outcry, Scotland Yard approaches London’s most eminent detective, Sherlock Holmes, and asks him to investigate the mystery.
The adventures of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective and his faithful companion Dr Watson are given a new and thrilling treatment by Michael Dibdin.
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Keeps you guessing, even after its finished!
The book is well written in a very Holmes-ish style that lovers of the genre will enjoy.
However, the absolute best thing about this story is that at the conclusion you are left with a decision. Do you accept the analysis and conclusion that is offered or will you consider and seek an alternative? If you read closely the reality of the twist isn't as obvious as people seem to think it is. The real question presented at the beginning and end of the novel is whether you accept Dr. Watson's version of events. Dr. Watson doesn't have all the facts and ultimately makes a decision based on what he knows, given the same information will you come to the same conclusion he did?
Its a wonderful addition to the Sherlock Holmes genre that really explores the Holmes/Watson Relationship in deeper and greater ways! I heartily recommend.
- Dana E. Warren