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The Great Game: A Professor Moriarty Novel

 
 
Author
Michael Kurland.
Publisher Titan  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.05 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9781783293308
Pages/Publication Date 321/2014
Daedalus Item Code 61490
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London 1891: Professor Moriarty—prominent scientist, keen analytical mind, and a dabbler in less than savory doings—is somewhat surprised when an unknown caller collapses on his doorstep, shot by a crossbow, in this third mystery in Michael Kurland's Edgar Award–winning series (following Death by Gaslight). Meanwhile Moriarty's one-time associates, journalist Benjamin Barnett and his wife, the former Cecily Perrine, are having their own troubles on the Continent, finding themselves in the midst of an attempted assassination of a German prince. And in Vienna, the son of a British nobleman—indulging in "the Great Game" of amateur espionage—has been framed for the murder of his paramour and the assassination of an Austrian Duke. Moriarty tries to connect the threads of these seemingly disparate events, while enduring the unwanted help of his sometime-foe Sherlock Holmes. "Kurland has made Moriarty more interesting than Doyle ever made Holmes," noted Isaac Asimov of this brilliant, charming, resourceful, ambitious, and determined anti-hero. And though Holmes dubbed him "the Napoleon of crime," Moriarty himself is as likely to call his more famous nemesis "the Javert of busybodies," while slipping back and forth across the line of criminality in pursuit of his own enigmatic agenda.

"In this deliciously complex and abundantly rewarding novel from the author of The Infernal Device, Europe in the 1890s is on the brink of political cataclysm. Well before the Nazis, an Aryan brotherhood is bent on toppling Europe's major governments. Meanwhile, on the Continent, a loose group of young English aristocrats uses the privileges of class to gain entry to royal courts and the uppermost echelons of power. Without official imprimatur, they begin 'the Great Game,' a nascent counter-intelligence movement. Disconnected information prompts Professor James Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes, separately, to depart England and hasten to Vienna. That such material entertains for page after page is a tribute to Kurland's remarkable talent. Multiple plots leapfrog across chapters in a perfect pace. Surprises abound. The characters—whether European nobles, Americans abroad, anarchists plotting the new world order, or a scene-stealing dwarf—are richly and convincingly portrayed. Dialogues sparkle with wit, erudition and unerring diction. The dwarf's cockney slang holds especial delights. This is no ordinary Holmes pastiche.... Uncommon are the pleasures such writing affords."—Publishers Weekly

 
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