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Dust and Shadow


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Lyndsay Faye is a writer and actress who lives in New York with her husband and cat.


Debut novelist Faye takes on the ambitious task of creating a new Sherlock Holmes story focused on his investigation of the notorious Jack the Ripper murders. Holmes's rather academic look at the brutal death of Martha Tabram turns personal when he himself is stabbed by the murderer. Then vituperative newspaper articles point to Holmes as the perpetrator, putting him on the defensive. New allies, such as the feisty Mary Ann Monk, go undercover to ferret out the truth. Writing effectively in Watson's voice, Faye is faithful to both the Holmes oeuvre and the Ripper case, and she successfully evokes 1880s London. The secondary characters are interesting and believable, but Faye's answer to the identity of Jack the Ripper is less compelling. Given the enduring popularity of Sherlock Holmes and the quality of the prose, this title is strongly recommended for public libraries.-Laurel Bliss, San Diego State Univ. Lib. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Lyndsay Faye's depiction of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and their world is exceptional in Dust and Shadow, an exciting and grimly vivid tale that confronts the murderous Jack the Ripper with A. Conan Doyle's immortal detective better than ever before." -- The Conan Doyle Estate
"Lyndsay Faye has crafted an elegant, suspenseful thriller that feels right at home on Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes is in good hands." -- Daniel Stashower, author of The Beautiful Cigar Girl
"Lyndsay Faye's Dust and Shadow is a rare gem: A never-told story about Sherlock Holmes that rings true! The voices are near-perfect, her research impeccable -- all in all, a feast for fans of the Great Detective and the Good Doctor and for those thrilled by the hunt for Jack the Ripper!" -- Leslie S. Klinger, editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Leslie Klinger and John le Carre
"Any fan of Sherlock Holmes has at some point wished Conan Doyle had set the brilliant detective's singular mind against his most notorious real-life contemporary, Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye finally makes that wish a reality. Dust and Shadow reads with authenticity and flavor -- as if Faye had been alongside Holmes and Watson witnessing their greatest challenge -- giving us a novel that Holmes fans, Ripper-case aficionados and all lovers of great stories will relish." -- Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club and The Last Dickens
"At long last, an author of rare talent combines a thorough, enthusiastic knowledge of the Sherlock Holmes canon with truly rigorous research into, and respect for, what remains one of the greatest and most horrifying unsolved murder cases in modern history: the Jack the Ripper killings. Where others have failed, Lyndsay Faye's extremely impressive debut novel succeeds, on every level, providing thrilling entertainment without blatant exploitation. It will instantly take a place of distinction among the best attempts of contemporary authors to continue the work of Arthur Conan Doyle, and is, quite simply, a must for Holmes fans and Ripperologists alike." -- Caleb Carr, author of The Alienist and Killing Time
"Dust and Shadow is fast-moving fun. Lyndsay Faye has done a great job of combining the romance of Sherlock Holmes's London with the menace of Jack the Ripper." -- Phillip Margolin, author of Executive Privilege and Proof Positive
"A well-written and atmospheric adventure, Lyndsay Faye's excellent tale of the Victorian period and the clash of arch-foes Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes makes for exciting reading. Journey back in time to the gas-lit London of the 1880s in search of the Whitechapel murderer. Come -- the game is afoot!" -- Stewart P. Evans, author of Jack the Ripper: Letters from Hell with Keith Skinner
"Sherlock Holmes is Jack the Ripper's mortal enemy, and never more so than in Lyndsay Faye's Dust and Shadow. This first novel has bags of atmosphere. With a great deal of skill, the fictional Holmes and Watson are carefully woven into the weft and woof of the true-life Ripper story." -- Donald Rumbelow, author of Jack the Ripper: Scotland Yard Investigates with Stewart P. Evans

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