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The Great Detective Returns Under Different Disguises

  • Sep 8, 1997
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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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 left by Watson in his tin dispatch box. Kaye has asked contemporary authors to write in the style of genre forbears. Thus, Paula Volsky writes the dramatic "The Giant Rat of Sumatra" in the style of Lovecraft; Mike Resnick the hilarious "Mrs. Vamberry Takes a Trip" as Thorne Smith. In most cases, the adopted style is well-crafted, with the authors adroitly capturing the feel of their models. A few, such as Kaye's own Rex Stout parody, might have better remained in the tin box. As a whole, however, the book is a stout effort, and editor Kaye deserves congratulations.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10: 0312156391
ISBN-13: 978-0312156398
Author: Marvin Kaye
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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