From the Edgar®-nominated author of Hammett Unwritten and Woman with a Blue Pencil comes a startling meta-fiction tale told in the voice of Sherlock Holmes. Set in 1920s' London, Cambridge, and Paris, Holmes's final adventure leads him through labyrinths of crime and espionage in a mortally dangerous inquiry into the unseen nature of existence itself. Sherlock Holmes, now in his seventies, retired from investigations and peaceably disguised as a professor at Cambridge, is shaken when a modestly successful author in his late-sixties named Arthur Conan Doyle calls upon him at the university. This Conan Doyle, notable for historical adventure stories, science fiction, and a three-volume history of the Boer War (but no detective tales), somehow knows of the false professor's true identity and pleads for investigative assistance. Someone is trying to kill Conan Doyle. Who? Why? Good questions, but what intrigues Holmes most is how the "middling scribbler" ascertained Holmes's identity in the first place, despite the detective's perfect disguise. Holmes takes the case. There is danger every step of the way. Great powers want the investigation quashed. But with the assistance of Dr. Watson's widow, Holmes persists, exploring séances, the esoterica of Edgar Allan Poe, the revolutionary new science of quantum mechanics, and his own long-denied sense of loss and solitude. Ultimately, even Sherlock Holmes is unprepared for what the evidence suggests.
|Publisher:||Seventh Street Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Gordon McAlpine is the author of Woman with a Blue Pencil and Hammett Unwritten and numerous other novels, as well as a middle-grade trilogy, The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe. Additionally, he is coauthor of the nonfiction book The Way of Baseball, Finding Stillness at 95 MPH. He has taught creative writing and literature at U.C. Irvine, U.C.L.A., and Chapman University. He lives with his wife Julie in Southern California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A worthwhile read for any fan of Sherlock Holmes. This author applies a great deal more imagination than one might expect. A truly entertaining story that features both Sherlock Holmes AND Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Jorge Luis Borges hires a private investigator in Buenos Aires, Argentina to read an unpublished manuscript with the title of “Uncertainty,” purportedly written by Sherlock Holmes. Since he found the manuscript, Borges has narrowly escaped being shot and he wants to know who attempted to kill him and why. So begins a tale that contains other stories and associations by famous writers such as Edgar Allen Poe and Ernest Hemingway. Our story begins with Sherlock Holmes living incognito as a famous physicist. It seems Holmes has been studying and lecturing at Oxford University and other institutions of higher learning and does not want to be found. Imagine his shock when a “middling” author, Arthur Conan Doyle, appears at Holmes’ residence, saying he knows his real identity because he was informed of his name and residence at a séance in which a living Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, appears to give Doyle the information about Sherlock Holmes. Seances are where dead people appear to the living, correct? So what is this frightening phenomenon and what is the case that Doyle asks Sherlock to help solve? Then begins what just might be the last known case of the famous Sherlock Holmes. It brings the reader into the relatively new field of quantum mechanics which we learn is far older than previously known. Rather it involves investigations and experiments with the appearance of humans in “parallel worlds.” It would be of no great import if the mystery were just about the science of inquiry, but murders and physical attacks begin to occur with anyone associated with this subject. The story is fascinating but the writing is frequently difficult to follow, yet worth the effort. An interest sideline within the story concerns Holmes’ comments about his late buddy, Watson, whom Holmes claims was “stuck” in the Victorian world and thus did not reflect the true personality of Holmes. Holmes Entangled is a fascinating read both as a mystery and as an introduction to the world of quantum mechanics. The final scene closes with a shocking presence! Enjoy the romp through another complex historical mystery!
I really enjoyed the story and plot line. It brought together many threads from science and literature. The one annoying distraction was the author's repeated use of the word "absent" as a preposition. I am pretty sure this was not typically used in British English in the 1920s. I found it jarring whenever I encountered it. If you can get past that (which I eventually did), it was a great read.