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Moriarty (2008)

by John Gardner

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No, really. I tried to like this book, but I'm having considerable difficulty in finding anything positive to say about it.

The prose style is clichéd, when it isn't veering towards near-illiteracy. The characters are two-dimensional at best. The plot? at one or two points it limps dangerously close to being exciting, but the author's leaden pacing ensures that that doesn't happen. And the plonking flourishing of supposedly-contemporary "underworld" argot is risible: not only does it make the book smell of the lamp, but in several instances it is out of date by as much as two decades.

Yet somehow this work has been edited (and the editor should hang her or his head in shame), published and printed. How that has happened is beyond me. Someone, somewhere, must have found merit in it. ( )
  KayDekker | Jan 20, 2010 |
Quite good. Not at all what I was expecting, though. I was sucked in by the title character's having been the nemesis of Sherlock Holmes and was expecting a tale with similar characteristics. Not for this book the cool calculation of Sherlock Holmes. And no John Watson in sight. An altogether different sort of story about an altogether different sort of man. But quite good, indeed. ( )
  horacewimsey | Dec 13, 2008 |
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Some time when you have a year or two to spare I commend to you the study of Professor Moriarty.
—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes in The Valley of Fear
Ex-Professor Moriarty is the Napoleon of Crime ... organizer of half that is evil and nearly all that is undetected.
—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes in The Final Problem
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For Trish
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Daniel Carbonardo could not distinguish the house until he was almost upon it.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0151012520, Hardcover)

It is the turn of the century and, having survived the struggle with Sherlock Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls, Professor James Moriarty is alive and well and about to realize his plans to establish crime syndicates in the major cities of the United States. But suddenly he is called back to London, where his vast criminal society has been overrun by a rival concern led by the shadowy Sir Jordan Jack Idell or Idle Jack a supposed gentleman hoodlum acting on behalf of criminal elements in France, Italy, Spain, and Germany.
As Moriarty fights back against both the unruly crime families and the forces of law and order readers are thrown in among the lurkers, punishers, dippers, cracksmen, and the professor s elite guard.
Moriarty lives again and revolts against those who attempt to oust him from his rightful place as king of "Napoleon of Crime."

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:42:50 -0400)

Surviving the confrontation with Sherlock Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls, Professor James Moriarty is on the verge of successfully building crime syndicates throughout the United States, when his criminal empire is threatened by a mysterious rival, Sir Jack Idell.… (more)

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