The Fifth Heart
In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams--member of the Adams family that has given the United States two Presidents. Clover's suicide appears to be more than it at first... show more
In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams--member of the Adams family that has given the United States two Presidents. Clover's suicide appears to be more than it at first seemed; the suspected foul play may involve matters of national importance.Holmes is currently on his Great Hiatus--his three-year absence after Reichenbach Falls during which time the people of London believe him to be deceased. Holmes has faked his own death because, through his powers of ratiocination, the great detective has come to the conclusion that he is a fictional character.This leads to serious complications for James--for if his esteemed fellow investigator is merely a work of fiction, what does that make him? And what can the master storyteller do to fight against the sinister power -- possibly named Moriarty -- that may or may not be controlling them from the shadows?
Publish date: 2015-03-24
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 624
Edition language: English
What should have been spectacular (Sherlock Holmes meets up with Henry James to solve a murder mystery that has international repercussions, whilst doubting his own existence) disappoints on all fronts. The usual flaws (excessive wodges of unnecessary research detail and thinly disguised lit.crit....
Simmons' addition to the canon is an interesting read, for the most part. His version of Sherlock Holmes is pitch perfect, as the detective joins forces with Henry James to solve a mystery in the U.S., while pondering the reality of his own existence. The historical figures that the pair encounter, ...
Henry James the author and Sherlock Holmes the character. It's an unusual pairing. What puts the two together? How did Simmons even come up with that idea in the first place? The story is ultimately a Holmesian story, complete with disguises and recurring characters, but what made the author thi...