Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, have stirred the wrath of a murderous secret organization bent on infiltrating the government. Now they are separated and on the run, wanted by the police, and pursued across the Continent by a ruthless enemy with limitless resources and powerful connections.
Unstoppable together, Russell and Holmes will have to survive this time apart, maintaining contact only by means of coded messages and cryptic notes. But has the couple made a fatal mistake by separating, making themselves easier targets for the shadowy government agents sent to silence them?
A hermit with a mysterious past and a beautiful young female doctor with a secret, a cruelly scarred flyer and an obsessed man of the cloth: Everyone Russell and Holmes meet could either speed their safe reunion or betray them to their enemies--in the most complex, shocking, and deeply personal case of their career.
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Aug 2011|
|Number of Pages:||372|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.65|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.25 x 8.25 x 0.75|
Laurie R. King is a mystery writer. She was born in Watsonville, California. King holds a master's degree in theology. King published a novel, Grave Talent, in 1993 and the book won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Since then she has continued to publish approximately a book per year.
King's delightful new Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes novel picks up right where the previous book, The Language of Bees, left off. Holmes and Russell have just escaped the clutches of a demented Thomas Brothers, but they are still in danger and wanted by the police. Holmes decides the safest move is to separate. He will take care of his wounded son Damian, while Russell flees with Damian's young daughter, Estelle. Communicating with each other via cryptic ads in the London Times and phone calls to trusted friends doesn't prove as safe as in the past.
What they really need to know is the identity of the person controlling Brothers. Fortuitous encounters with helpful strangers are amusing but stretch credibility. And where is Mycroft during all the tumult? Verdict King's writing only gets better, especially as she continues to tweak the Holmes canon. After their many travels, it is refreshing to have much of the story set in London. Devoted fans will eat this up.
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