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The Resurrected Holmes: New Cases from the Notes of John H. Watson, M.D.

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A book by Marvin Kaye

Kaye (The Game Is Afoot; Fantastique) builds this collection on the premise that prominent authors, e.g., Theodore Dreiser, P.G. Wodehouse, Dashiell Hammett and Edgar Rice Burroughs, were hired by a reclusive collector to make sense of the case notes … see full wiki

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Author: Marvin Kaye
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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The Great Detective Returns Under Different Disguises

  • Sep 8, 1997
Rating:
+3
Fans of the Sherlock Holmes stories know that his biographer and friend, Dr. John H. Watson, had placed a battered tin box full of notes about the great detective's cases in the bank vault of Cox and Company of London. Thought destroyed by Nazi bombs during World War II, it turns out that the box had been sold upon WatsonÕs death to a collector, who hired a variety of writers to finish them. As in any anthology, the results are mixed. But John Betancourt amusingly revives H.G. Wells' socialist hectoring, while Paula Volsky's is chillingly effective in using H.P. Lovecraft's voice to tell the tale of the giant rat of Sumatra. Top prizes goes to Richard Lupoff, whose has Jack Kerouac speed-writing a Holmes story so well that it reads like a lost hallucination from "On the Road," and William DeAndrea for recreating Holmes as Mike Hammer in a deerstalker hat in "The Adventure of the Cripple Parade." Those who hunger for tales about the great detective -- with a difference -- may find themselves irresistibly drawn to "Resurrected Holmes." One wishes only for a sequel, this time featuring famous women writers.

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