"At the close of the year 1918, forced to flee England, Sherlock Holmes and his nineteen-year-old apprentice Mary Russell enter British-occupied Palestine under the auspices of Holmes's enigmatic brother, Mycroft. Their arrival coincides with a rash of unsolved murders that has baffled the authorities and seems unrelated to the growing tensions in the area among Jew, Moslem, and Christian. Still, no one is too pleased at Holmes's insistence on reconstructing the most recent homicide in the desert gully where it occurred.
What they unexpectedly uncover will lead Russell and Holmes through an exotic gauntlet of labyrinthine bazaars, verminous hovels, cliff-hung monasteries--and into mortal danger. In the jewel-like city of Jerusalem, they will at last meet their adversary, whose lust for power could reduce the city's most ancient and sacred place to rubble and ignite a tinderbox of hostilities just waiting for a spark....
About the Author
Michelle Spring, has published six crime novels including "Every Breath You Take" (short-listed as Best First Novel for both an Anthony and an Arthur Ellis Award), "Nights in White Satin", "In the Midnight Hour "(winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel) and "The Night Lawyer". She mentors novelists, and teaches both creative writing and academic writing. She is currently Royal Literary Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Laurie R. King's books have won the Edgar, Creasey, Wolfe, Lambda, and Macavity awards, and appear regularly on the "New York Times" bestseller list.mentors novelists, and teaches both creative writing and academic writing. She is currently Royal Literary Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
"Part spy story, Part murder mystery...and part thriller moving to an explosive climax."—Booknews from The Poisoned Pen
“Inspired.” —Chicago Tribune
"Fascinating...[King has] stepped onto the sacred literary preserve of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, poached Holmes, and brilliantly brought him to life again...a standout."—Washington Post Book World