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The Revenge of the Hound
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 1558171665
ISBN-13: 9781558171664
Publisher: Pinnacle
Release Date: February, 1989
Length: N/A
Weight: 6.4 ounces
Dimensions: 6.9 X 4.1 X 1 inches
Language: English
   
   

The Revenge of the Hound

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THE BEST-SELLING SHERLOCK HOLMES NOVEL IN ITS FIRST TRADE PAPERBACK EDITION. A badly mauled tramp and the footprints of a giant hound; the theft of Oliver Cromwell's bones a sinister murder on the channel ferry; an illustrious personage who fears blackmail....It is up to Sherlock Holmes and his brilliant powers of deduction to u...
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  After the last page of the last story

Most people remember when they first discovered Sherlock Holmes. Whether their first entry into the world of 221 Baker Street was by reading on of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories or seeing one of the old Basil Rathbone films, or a modern TV adaptation at some point most begin to delve into the original stories by Doyle, eagerly turning the pages until the awful realization that there is a limited number of stories, that there will be no new stories from Conan Doyle himself. No matter how carefully they are rationed out at some point a fan will reach that dreadful last page of the last story. What to do?

Into this void a few brave writers have over the years attempted to pick up where Doyle left off. In THE REVENGE OF THE HOUND Michael Hardwick has joined this group. As the story opens Watson has determined to attempt matrimony one more time (his third) and Holmes begun to contemplate retirement. Soon both their plans are put on hold when a mysterious hound has begun to plague the countryside. Fresh upon his recent triumph over the Hound of the Baskervilles Holmes is called in to deal with this latest menance. The game is soon afoot taking Watson and Holmes to the continent solving various other puzzles along the way including a murder on the English Channel and the disappearance of Oliver Cromwell's skeleton.

This is definitely not a place to begin reading about Sherlock Holmes. By all means read all of Conan Doyle's works first but when that dreaded last page has been turned this is a good way to fill the void. The story does tend to drag a bit in places, and also covers a bewildering amount of material but for a true fan it is a welcome chance to return to the familiar Baker Street address.
 
  steranko cover makes book worth the price alone!

a semi-sequel to sherlock holmes' hound of the baskervilles. cool@@
 
  Enjoyable Holmesiana

Its title notwithstanding this is not really a sequel to The Hound of the Baskervilles ,and those requiring such an item are directed to the Rick Boyer novel The Giant Rat of Sumatra .
It is -like other novels from Hardwick in his revivals of the figure -a well crafted and enjoyable novel in its own right with solid research and well rounded plots that stand comparison with the Doyle novels ,other ironically than The Hound of the Bskervilles itself ,by far the best full length Sherlock Holmes novel written by Doyle
The period is early 1901 and England is awaiting the once postponed coronation of Queen Victoria;s son the future Edward VII.(The future monarch makes a cameo appearance in the book )
Holmes investigates a series of what appear to be unrelated crimes but which turn out to be linked to a conspiracy to unseat the monarchy by a campaign of terrorist violence mounted by anarchist groups .There is the death of a Chinese steward on a cross -Channel ferry ; the theft of Oliver Cromwell's remains from beneath Marble Arch ,and a blackmail threat to the soon to be King which centres around one of his many romantic and sexual assignatiuons with society ladies .In the bacjground are rumours of the re-appearance of the fabled Hound which is reputedly on the loose on Hampstead Heath where it has attacked a vagrant .
The historical background while sketched quickly is spot on .It shows an England in transition from the certainties of the Victorian era to an altogether less assured future under a new and flambouyant monarch .Foreign anarchists are rife in the city and the country is beginning to entertain doubts about its place in the world having performed badly in the Boer War in Africa and social unrest is in the air .There is a telling statistic -drawn from historical record -of how many potential army recruits were rejected on medical grounds ,the result of malnourishment rooted in grinding poverty.
Add to this Holmes persistent threats of retirement and Watson's remarriage to a young and vibrant American ,and the sense of an era coming to a close is palpable
It is however more than anything a rattling good period crime yarn with a splendidly melodramatic climax in the vaults at Highgate Cemetery
Hardwick wroye novelizations of the Upstairs , Downstairs TV series and was expert in the era as well as a commendable crime novelist .It all combines to make this a solid entry in the best post Doyle Holmes series apart from the Laurie R King series

Recommended

 
  Great pickup to where Sir Conan left off

As with all non Doyle books about Holmes I am always hesitant to buy one for fear that it will not come close to the original but I am glad that I bought this book. Mr. Hardwick does a great job with his writing style in that you forget that you are reading a Holmes book authored by someone other than Mr. Doyle. Finished it in two days as it was that good.
 
  a great read

My dad is a great Holmes fan. . . I was hesitant to buy a non-Doyle sequel to Hound, but he did not put it down! He pronounced it "a great read!" Please write more! !