The bestselling author of the Alienist series returns
with a chilling elaboration on the Sherlock Holmes canon, as the famed
detective investigates a pair of gruesome murders, which cast an otherworldly
shadow as far as Queen Victoria herself.
It all begins familiarly enough: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are
summoned to the aid of Queen Victoria in Scotland by an encrypted telegram from
Holmes’ brother, Mycroft, a royal advisor. Rushed northward on a royal train,
they soon learn of the brutal killings of two of the queen’s servants who had
been working on the renovation of the famous and forbidding Royal Palace of
Mycroft has enlisted his brother to help solve the murders that may be
key elements of a much more elaborate and pernicious plot on the queen’s life.
But the circumstances of the two victims’ deaths also call to Holmes’ mind the
terrible murder of “The Italian Secretary,” David Rizzio … only Rizzio was
murdered three centuries ago.
Told with his unique feel for historical detail and the architecture of
human evil, Caleb Carr’s brilliant new offering takes the Conan Doyle tradition
to remarkable new heights.
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