For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon

For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon

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Overview

In a sensational follow-up to Echoes of Sherlock Holmes and In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, a brand-new anthology of stories inspired by the Arthur Conan Doyle canon

For the Sake of the Game is the latest volume in the award-winning series from New York Times bestselling editors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, with stories of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and friends in a variety of eras and forms. King and Klinger have a simple formula: ask some of the world's greatest writers-regardless of genre-to be inspired by the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle.

The results are surprising and joyous. Some tales are pastiches, featuring the recognizable figures of Holmes and Watson; others step away in time or place to describe characters and stories influenced by the Holmes world. Some of the authors spin whimsical tales of fancy; others tell hardcore thrillers or puzzling mysteries. One beloved author writes a song; two others craft a melancholy tale of insectoid analysis.

This is not a volume for listeners who crave a steady diet of stories about Holmes and Watson on Baker Street. Rather, it is for the generations of people who were themselves inspired by the classic tales, and who are prepared to let their imaginations roam freely.

Features stories by Peter S. Beagle, Rhys Bowen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Jamie Freveletti, Alan Gordon, Gregg Hurwitz, Toni L. P. Kelner, William Kotzwinkle and Joe Servello, Harley Jane Kozak, D. P. Lyle, Weston Ochse, Zoe Sharp, Duane Swierczynski, and F. Paul Wilson

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982558727
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes stories. She has been nominated for a multitude of prizes, and her fiction has won the Edgar, Creasy, Nero, Macavity, and Lambda Awards. She has been guest of honor at several crime conventions and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar Award and an honorary doctorate in theology. She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010.


Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes stories. She has been nominated for a multitude of prizes, and her fiction has won the Edgar, Creasy, Nero, Macavity, and Lambda Awards. She has been guest of honor at several crime conventions and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar Award and an honorary doctorate in theology. She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010.


Leslie S. Klinger
is one of the world's foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes. He is the editor of the three-volume set The New Annotated
Sherlock Holmes
. The first two volumes, The
Complete Short Stories
, won the Edgar for Best Critical/Biographical work.
He recently completed The New Annotated
H. P. Lovecraft
. Klinger is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and lives in Malibu.


Leslie S. Klinger
is one of the world's foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes. He is the editor of the three-volume set The New Annotated
Sherlock Holmes
. The first two volumes, The
Complete Short Stories
, won the Edgar for Best Critical/Biographical work.
He recently completed The New Annotated
H. P. Lovecraft
. Klinger is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and lives in Malibu.


Peter S. Beagle has won the Hugo, Nebula, Mythopoeic, and Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire awards. He is also the recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Honor. His novel The Last Unicorn has sold a reported five million copies since its initial publication. His other novels include A Fine & Private Place, The Innkeeper's Song, Tamsin, Summerlong, and In Calabria. His short fiction has been collected in four volumes by Tachyon Publications, including The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche, The Line Between, We Never Talk About My Brother, and Sleight of Hand.


F. Paul Wilson
is the New York Times bestselling author of horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, and virtually everything in between. He is perhaps best known for the Repairman Jack series, which includes Ground Zero, The
Tomb
, and Fatal Error. He is also the author of the Adversary cycle,
including The Keep, and a young adult series featuring the teenage Jack.
Wilson has won the Prometheus Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Inkpot Award from the San Diego ComiCon, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror
Writers of America, among other honors. He lives in Wall, New Jersey.


Harley Jane Kozak is an actress whose screen credits include Parenthood, When Harry Met Sally, The Favor, and Arachnophobia. She lives with her family in Southern California.


Rhys Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author who has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar(R) Award, and has won many, including both the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She is also the author of the Molly Murphy Mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the Constable Evans Mysteries, set in Wales. She was born in England and now divides her time between northern California and Arizona.


Reed Farrel Coleman is a New York Times bestselling author whose works have won Macavity, Barry, Anthony, and Shamus awards. A former executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America, he is an adjunct instructor of English at Hofstra University and a founding member of MWA University.


Toni L. P. Kelner writes the Family Skeleton Mysteries as Leigh
Perry and, under her own name, is the author of the Where Are They Now? mysteries and the Laura Fleming series. She has won an Agatha Award and a Romantic Times
Career Achievement Award, and she has been nominated multiple times for the
Anthony, the Macavity, and the Derringer Awards.


William Kotzwinkle lives in Maine.


Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of Orphan X, You're Next, and The Program, among others. His books have been nominated for numerous awards, short-listed for best novel of the year by International Thriller Writers, nominated for CWA's Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, chosen as feature selections for all four major literary book clubs, honored as Book Sense picks, and translated into twenty languages. In addition to writing novels, Hurwitz also writes comics for DC and was a consulting producer on ABC's television series V. He holds a BA in English and psychology from Harvard and a master's degree from Trinity College, Oxford. He lives in Los Angeles.


Weston Ochse won the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel with Scarecrow Gods and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for Appalachian Galapagos. He is a retired Army intelligence officer and currently works for the Defense Intelligence Agency.



Jamie Freveletti is the internationally bestselling and Barry Award-winning author of the thrillers Running from the Devil, Running Dark, and The Ninth Day. A trial attorney with a diploma in international studies, she is an avid distance runner and holds a black belt in Aikido. She lives in Chicago with her family.


Duane Swierczynski is the author of the Edgar-nominated and Anthony Award-winning Expiration Date. Prior entries in the Charlie Hardie series have won the Shamus Award and been nominated for Anthony, Macavity, and Barry awards; the series is now being developed by Sony Pictures Television. He currently writes the monthly comics series Judge Dredd for IDW and Bloodshot for Valiant and has written various bestselling comics series for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse.


Zoe Sharp is the author of the Charlie Fox series of thrillers. She spent most of her formative years living on a catamaran on the northwest coast of England. She now lives in the English Lake District.


Grover Gardner is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the "Best Voices of the Century" and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.


Simon Vance is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over fifty Earphones Awards and thirteen prestigious Audie Awards. He was named Booklist's very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009.


Derek Perkins is a professional narrator and voice actor. He has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. Augmented by a knowledge of three foreign languages and a facility with accents, he has narrated numerous titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres.


Julie McKay is a voice talent and audiobook narrator. She has a degree in music and a background in classical theater. As an actor, she has worked at Shakespeare festivals and regional theaters across the country as well as off-Broadway in New York.


James Langton, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and later as a musician at the Guildhall School in London. He has worked in radio, film, and television, also appearing in theater in England and on Broadway. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002.


Marisa Calin is an actress, novelist, and Earphones Award-winning narrator born in England and educated in New York at the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts. An artist with a flair for everything literary, she has written a young adult novel, You & Me, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.


Ralph Lister is an actor, voice actor, and AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. He spent fifteen years in London theater before moving to the United States to focus on film and television. He has held numerous roles in Shakespeare and modern dramas, as well as starring roles in independent films. His voice and character work can be heard in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearland 13 Going On 30. He lives in Los Angeles.


Suzanne Elise Freeman is a voice talent and Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator.


James Patrick Cronin began his audiobook career at twelve years of age opposite Christopher Lloyd in The Pagemaster. An Earphones Award-winning narrator, he has recorded over one hundred audiobooks across an extensive range of genres. A classically trained stage actor with an MFA from the University of Louisville and a degree in philosophy, he has spent his years since college performing as an actor and a comedian on stages all over the world. He has performed everything from the classics to original material in Ireland, Scotland, Serbia, and Israel, as well as all across the United States.


Andrew Eiden is an actor and winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. He has been acting since the age of four, working at regional theaters, in national commercials, and on numerous television shows.


Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.


Emily Sutton-Smith has appeared in several films, including The Butterfly Effect 3 and Nevermore, as well as several television programs. As an audiobook narrator, she has read titles by Iris Johansen, Kendra Elliot, and Shea MacLeod, among others, and won an AudioFile Earphones Award.


Keith Szarabajka has appeared in many films, including The Dark Knight, Missing, and A Perfect World, and on such television shows as The Equalizer, Angel, Cold Case, Golden Years, and Profit. Szarabajka has also appeared in several episodes of Selected Shorts for National Public Radio. He won the 2001 Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction for his reading of Tom Robbins' Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates and has won several Earphones Awards.


Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated many audiobooks, earning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration and numerous Earphones Awards. She is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.



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Table of Contents

IntroductionDr. Watson's SongThe Adventure of the Abu Qir SapphireThe Walk-InThe Case of the Missing CaseSherlockedA Study in AbsenceThe Adventure of the Six SherlocksThe Case of the Naked ButterflyBottom LineBuy a BulletThe Girl in the Key of CThe Ghost of the LakeTough Guy BalletHounded

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