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Sherlock Fans Will Enjoy...Impressive Debut Indeed

  • Jun 1, 2010
As a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, I was not sure how the author would come across in style and prose. Lyndsay Faye has done an outstanding job with the story, and if I didn't know better, I might think Doyle wrote this himself. She does such a great job that I knew right away she was a fan of Sherlock herself. It shows in the writing. You are transported back in time through the writing, and that is important for any Holmes story in my opinion. The book is an interesting and well thought out version of Jack The Ripper involving Holmes and Watson. I think it is a great take on the Ripper murders, and will be interesting to any Victorian era mystery reader. All the usual players are involved including Lestrade. I am a big fan of Jeremy Brett as Holmes on screen, and it was very easy to see the story being acted out by him. I was so immersed in Dust And Shadow that I would forget it was not written by Doyle. I am extremely pleased with the book, and I sincerely hope that Faye will write more great books featuring Sherlock Holmes.

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review by . May 02, 2009
Faye's debut novel puts Sherlock Holmes on the endlessly-debated and still unsolved Ripper case, and the marriage is a good one. Faye has captured Arther Conan Doyle's creation of Dr. Watson's writing style and Watson's faint sense of frustration with and deep strain of admiration for Holmes so the effort reads like a new Sherlock Holmes adventure and not a hacked-up update.    Holmes' rational deductive powers are stretched to the limits when faced with the real-life psychopathic …
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review by . June 04, 2009
New novelist Lyndsay Faye has done what few have managed before. She has resurrected Sherlock Holmes and company. Faye succeeds admirably in creating the ambience of the original novels, and by pitting Holmes against Jack the Ripper, presents him with a challenge worthy of his talents. The world's greatest detective emerges true to form, with arrogance and foibles intact. Dr. Watson, dear as ever, remains at his side, but in this tale, he takes a more active role than was his wont. The usual lovely …
review by . May 30, 2009
I have fairly little interest in the Ripper murders. I don't quite get the people who want to sit there and pour over every aspect of the case, hoping that they can figure out, at long last!, who the killer was.    But though I have little interest in the actual case, I have enjoyed fiction based around it. "Anno Dracula", by Kim Newman, is a fine example of this, mixing the story of Dracula with that of the Ripper. Now add to it this latest novel, "Dust and Shadow", wherein …
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Following in the footsteps of such crime writers as Ellery Queen and Michael Dibdin, Faye pits Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper in her impressive if flawed debut. In the autumn of 1888, the savage slaughter of two prostitutes in London's East End piques Holmes's curiosity. Inspector Lestrade, no fool in Faye's rendering, calls on the unconventional sleuth for help. As the killer continues to claim more victims, the Baker Street duo spare no effort to bring the Ripper to justice. Meanwhile, a disreputable journalist accuses Holmes of being the Ripper. The author uses a convincing Watsonian voice to present versions of Holmes and his chronicler faithful to the originals. While the paucity of suspects makes guessing the killer's identity too easy and the motive for the crimes is less than convincing, Sherlockians will hope to see further pastiches of this quality from Faye.(Apr.)
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ISBN-10: 1416583300
ISBN-13: 978-1416583301
Author: Dust and Shadow
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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