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The House of Silk

by Anthony Horowitz

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Series: Anthony Horowitz's Sherlock Holmes (1)

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Ci sono alcuni romanzi contemporanei che tutti gli amanti delle opere del celebre Conan Doyle dovrebbero leggere. Non sono numerosi, né troppo voluminosi, ma sono romanzi speciali di cui lo stesso Doyle, ne siamo certi, sarebbe andato fiero. O forse no, dipende da quanto fosse geloso dello splendido personaggio da lui creato: Sherlock Holmes.
A distanza di quasi un secolo dalla nascita del detective più famoso della letteratura internazionale, approda nelle nostre librerie un’opera, firmata dallo sceneggiatore londinese Anthony Horowitz, attestata e riconosciuta nientepopodimeno che dagli eredi dello stesso Conan Doyle. Primo caso in cui, dalla morte dell’autore, 81 anni fa, gli eredi autorizzano uno dei tanti sequel che, fra libri, film e telefilm, hanno spopolato nell’ultimo secolo.
Di questo straordinario, sagace, incredibile e un po’ cinico detective si è raccontato un po’ di tutto, le penne che hanno cercato di tratteggiare una sua nuova “inedita” avventura sono state moltissime, forse troppe, al punto che in molti casi si sia finiti per snaturare l’essenza stessa del famosissimo Sherlock Homes e del suo fido compagno di indagini John Watson.
Delle più attuali opere legate alla figura di Holmes che hanno calcato l’onda della fama del detective ma che hanno cercato di mantenere una certa attitudine al canone Doyliano possiamo annoverare le opere di Andrew Lane, con i suoi libri sul giovane Holmes alle prese con la sua crescita e trasformazione da normale ragazzino benestante a sociopatico detective dalle mente strabiliante, e l’opera televisiva trasmessa dalla BBC “Sherlock”, che ci ripropone uno Sherlock Holmes moderno, ai nostri giorni, con cellulari, chimica moderna e computer, ma interpretato in maniera assolutamente affine all’originale, nonostante il cambio di background, da Benedict Cumberbatch.

Nonostante tutte queste opere si siano avvicinate, più o meno, al solo ed unico Sherlock, è nell’opera di Horowitz che, da fan accaniti, è possibile ritrovare la magia di uno stile assolutamente accattivante, elegante e fedele fin nei minimi particolari all’originale.
Con Anthony Horowitz potrete rivivere una delle magiche avventure di Holmes, ambientata nella Londra del 1890, attraverso un ipotetico ultimo romanzo di Watson che, ormai anziano e ad un anno dalla morte del detective, decide di narrare ai lettori un caso così complesso e scabroso che mai avrebbe potuto divulgare fino a quando l’amico fosse stato in vita.

La Casa della Seta inizia proprio così, con Watson che decide di raccontare di come, pochi anni dopo essersi sposato con la sua Mary, tornato in visita per alcuni giorni dal suo vecchio e più caro amico, si trova ad assistere alla richiesta di aiuto di un giovane mercante di opere d’arte che, perseguitato da un uomo dal volto sfregiato, chiede l’intervento del detective del 221B di Becker Street.

Sherlock e Watson, incuriositi dalla questione, inizieranno a indagare sulla faccenda e sul misterioso pedinatore, fino al punto di finire in un vortice di eventi che li trascineranno in una delle indagini più complesse e dure che entrambi abbiano mai affrontato.

Ci saranno pedinamenti, delitti, accuse e anche un’ipotetica impiccagione per omicidio a carico del nostro Sherlock che, però, grazie alla sua incredibile innata abilità nel ricostruire la verità, indizio dopo indizio, nonché la sua capacità nei travestimenti, riuscirà a scampare alla forca per poi arrivare finalmente a sbrigliare il fulcro della quella matassa di intrighi nel quale era finito.

Questa volta l’epilogo e la scoperta del colpevole segnerà in maniera profonda e probabilmente irreversibile il nostro detective, che, contrario forse al suo credo più assoluto, la Fredda Logica, cederà alla pericolosa passione della vendetta.
Uno dei casi più scandalosi di Sherlock Holmes, in una prospettiva che mai nessuno aveva potuto leggere. Un romanzo assolutamente da assaporare e che, inaspettatamente, in Italia, è stato catalogato come semplice “young adult”. Piuttosto improbabile, in questo romanzo Horowitz non ha scritto nulla di semplice. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
Poorly researched and written. Does not seem to be Holmes and Watson at all. Author does not seem to know the period at all. ( )
  DarleneCypser | May 30, 2017 |
Hidden away by Dr. Watson until the salacious details were safe to print, The House of Silk tells the tale of a Holmes' case that started with a seemingly innocuous robbery, and progressed to murder and far-reaching conspiracy.

It's easy to see why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's estate approved this book. It reads in Watson's voice so beautifully, and the characters ring so true to Doyle's originals.

The mystery is expertly built, layers upon layers that become a twisted tale much bigger than it originally appears.

I also really like the nods to Watson and Holmes' friendship, my favorite friendship in fiction.

This was such a good take on Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

If you are a Sherlock Holmes' fan, I definitely recommend this book. ( )
  seasonsoflove | Dec 11, 2016 |
To give them their due, the Conan Doyle estate has been very protective of the Holmes legacy, so the appearance of The House of Silk was something of a surprise. A new Holmes novel by the man responsible for Alex Rider and Midsomer Murders? Hmm.

But, Mr Horowitz, it turns out, knows his Reichenback from his Valley of Fear. He does a great approximation of Doyle's prose style and while the evocation of Victorian London isn't quite what it could be, he keeps the intertwined stories that make up the plot moving along at a nice pace. The appearance of America and secret criminal societies (a pet device of Conan Doyle, used in both A Study in Scarlet and The Valley of Fear) is a nice touch, as is the fleeting appearance of a certain master criminal. The familiar characters are here, Lestrade, Mrs Hudson, The Baker Street Irregulars (indeed these young street urchins play a major and tragic part in the story) and Horowitz gets the interplay between Holmes and Watson just about right.

To my mind there is a dip in the middle of the novel but that is a small quibble in a book that is almost twice the length of any Holmes novel by Doyle himself. To my mind Doyle only wrote one entirely successful Holmes novel anyway: The Sign of Four. His forte was the short story and it is still my preferred way to experience the great detective.

That said The House of Silk is an enjoyable read. The plot is robust enough to stand scrutiny and is probably more shocking than anything Doyle would, or could have written back in Holmes' heyday. Very well done indeed. ( )
  David.Manns | Nov 28, 2016 |
Good story line, typical Sherlock Holmes tale with lots of twists and turns. I was left guessing right up until the last. What I enjoyed the most about this Audiobook, was the narration, by Derek Jacobi, it was absolutely fantastic! Being such an acclaimed actor and one of my favourites, he read it like a play, and I was totally enthralled. ( )
  Fliss88 | Oct 1, 2016 |
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So, all of the elements are there: the data, the data, the data. Nothing of consequence overlooked. And yet can Horowitz, like Holmes, make from these drops of water the possibilities of an Atlantic or a Niagara? Can he astonish us? Can he thrill us? Are there "the rapid deductions, as swift as intuitions, and yet always founded on a logical basis" that we yearn for?

Emphatically, yes. The characters are, as Conan Doyle himself would have them, as close to cliché as good writing allows. Horowitz's Watson cleverly excuses himself right at the start from any complaints about style or content by reminding us of Holmes's oft-stated judgment of the stories: "He accused me more than once of vulgar romanticism, and thought me no better than any Grub Street scribbler." We must take them on their own terms, then: Mr Carstairs, the troubled dealer in fine art, who is being watched by a mysterious stranger in a flat cap with a "livid scar on his right cheek". Carstairs's wife, the mysterious foreign adventuress. Cornelius Stillman, the bumptious American millionaire. The dastardly Boston Irish gang, led by the ruthless O'Donaghue twins. The madwoman in the attic. The creepy reverend who runs a home for boys. The big set-pieces: the train robbery; the escape from prison; the freak show; the high-speed horse-drawn carriage chase.

Dorothy L Sayers understood the rules of the Holmesian game when she remarked that "it must be played as solemnly as a county cricket match at Lord's: the slightest touch of extravagance or burlesque ruins the atmosphere". Horowitz plays a perfectly straight bat. This is a no-shit Sherlock.
 

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316196991, Hardcover)

For the first time in its one-hundred-and-twenty-five-year history, the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate has authorized a new Sherlock Holmes novel.

Once again, THE GAME'S AFOOT...

London, 1890. 221B Baker St. A fine art dealer named Edmund Carstairs visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson to beg for their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap - a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened. And then the first murder takes place.

Almost unwillingly, Holmes and Watson find themselves being drawn ever deeper into an international conspiracy connected to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston, the gaslit streets of London, opium dens and much, much more. And as they dig, they begin to hear the whispered phrase-the House of Silk-a mysterious entity that connects the highest levels of government to the deepest depths of criminality. Holmes begins to fear that he has uncovered a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society.

The Arthur Conan Doyle Estate chose the celebrated, #1 New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz to write The House of Silk because of his proven ability to tell a transfixing story and for his passion for all things Holmes. Destined to become an instant classic, The House of Silk brings Sherlock Holmes back with all the nuance, pacing, and almost superhuman powers of analysis and deduction that made him the world's greatest detective, in a case depicting events too shocking, too monstrous to ever appear in print...until now.

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With approval from the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a best-selling novelist and Sherlock Holmes expert brings the greatest detective in literary history back to life on Baker Street for the first time since 1930.

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