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The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
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Mar 24, 12

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The story opens in 1908. A retired Dr. Watson begins this case by recalling that it was the most scandalous case of Holmes' career, so scandalous that it could not be told until one hundred years after the events. To have done so earlier would have wrecked the society of his day. The case begins simply enough. A genteel London art dealer is being followed by a stranger in a flat cap. Fearing for his life and the lives of family, he requests Holmes and Watson investigate. Almost immediately, the case becomes complicated by sevral killings and soon, Watson and Holmes find themselves racing through the slums, orphanages, and opium dens of London in search of the mysterious House of Silk. As always, Holmes delivers the final solution to both cases and details how they are related to each other. As a great fan of the original Holmes and Watson stories, this is a great read. Written very much in the style of Doyle, it has a tight, compelling plot and complex characters. A great read.

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Rohit It's not 1908. It's 1915 at the time of world war 1

James You are correct. I reread the introduction, and the story does start during WWI.

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