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Revenge of the Hound: A New Sherlock Holmes Mystery [Hardcover]

Michael Hardwick
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November 1987


A badly mauled tramp and the footprints of a giant hound; the theft of Oliver Cromwell's bones a sinister murder on the channel ferry; an illustrious personage who fears blackmail....It is up to Sherlock Holmes and his brilliant powers of deduction to uncover the pattern connecting these bizzare events.

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From Publishers Weekly

Two prior books by Hardwick, (Sherlock Holmes: My Life and Crimes and The Prisoner of the Devil) have been enthusiastically endorsed by both the Baker Street Irregulars and the Conan Doyle estate. Such approval may be daunting: one way to explain why, while it faithfully echoes a Holmesian novel in tone and design, this latest effort seems to lack any life of its own. Hardwick roams freely through earlier Holmes adventures, plucking characters and situations, to form a pastiche composed of deliberately familiar elements. Thus that legendary hound (formerly of the Baskervilles) now seems to have surfaced on Hampstead Heath, a compromising letter (like the one in A Scandal in Bohemia) must be retrieved and the throne of England saved from the usual madmen. The purloining of Oliver Cromwell's bones, the beheading of a statue of Charles II and the death of a Chinese seaman provoke the appearances of most of Holmes's comrades from Scotland YardLestrade, Gregson and White Masonbut it is up to Holmes to discover the pattern underlying those events, which he does with his usual aplomb. Though this book does little to advance the Holmes legend, it does pay tribute to a character who has been fascinating readers for a hundred years. Drawings not seen by PW.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

Hardwick's 1987 volume, which offered a sequel to Conan Doyle's legendary The Hound of the Baskervilles, once again finds the world's first consulting detective and his doctor friend and Boswell on the trail of the infamous beast. The story also sports numerous illustrations by legendary comic artist Jim Steranko. Though none of the imitators is ever quite as good as the original, some can provide a few hours of distraction for fans.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Holmesiana June 23 2004
Its title notwithstanding this is not really a sequel to The Hound of the Baskervilles ,and those requiring such an item are directed to the Rick Boyer novel The Giant Rat of Sumatra .
It is -like other novels from Hardwick in his revivals of the figure -a well crafted and enjoyable novel in its own right with solid research and well rounded plots that stand comparison with the Doyle novels ,other ironically than The Hound of the Bskervilles itself ,by far the best full length Sherlock Holmes novel written by Doyle
The period is early 1901 and England is awaiting the once postponed coronation of Queen Victoria;s son the future Edward VII.(The future monarch makes a cameo appearance in the book )
Holmes investigates a series of what appear to be unrelated crimes but which turn out to be linked to a conspiracy to unseat the monarchy by a campaign of terrorist violence mounted by anarchist groups .There is the death of a Chinese steward on a cross -Channel ferry ; the theft of Oliver Cromwell's remains from beneath Marble Arch ,and a blackmail threat to the soon to be King which centres around one of his many romantic and sexual assignatiuons with society ladies .In the bacjground are rumours of the re-appearance of the fabled Hound which is reputedly on the loose on Hampstead Heath where it has attacked a vagrant .
The historical background while sketched quickly is spot on .It shows an England in transition from the certainties of the Victorian era to an altogether less assured future under a new and flambouyant monarch .Foreign anarchists are rife in the city and the country is beginning to entertain doubts about its place in the world having performed badly in the Boer War in Africa and social unrest is in the air .
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3.0 out of 5 stars misleading Feb. 24 2001
This is a pretty good book and the author does a great job of evoking Arthur Canon Doyle's legendary characters but the title is a misnomer. For any reader expecting a return to the Scottish moors and the House of Baskervilles, they will be sorely disappointed. The hound in question is really just a minor subplot that felt hobbled on. It's as though the publisher came up with the title for sales purposes and the author complied by tacking on a side trip concerning a rabid hound but it covers less than maybe twenty pages if that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great pickup to where Sir Conan left off Feb. 26 2001
By Jeff
As with all non Doyle books about Holmes I am always hesitant to buy one for fear that it will not come close to the original but I am glad that I bought this book. Mr. Hardwick does a great job with his writing style in that you forget that you are reading a Holmes book authored by someone other than Mr. Doyle. Finished it in two days as it was that good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great read Feb. 6 2000
By A Customer
My dad is a great Holmes fan. . . I was hesitant to buy a non-Doyle sequel to Hound, but he did not put it down! He pronounced it "a great read!" Please write more! !
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5.0 out of 5 stars steranko cover makes book worth the price alone! Oct. 21 1999
a semi-sequel to sherlock holmes' hound of the baskervilles. cool@@
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