It is the time of Jack the Ripper. The widowed Queen Victoria sits on the throne of England. The whole of London is on edge, wondering when or where Jack will kill next. The Palace, Parliament, and the press are demanding the police do more to find him. In another part of London, rough-around-the-edges war hero Metropolitan Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone has his own serial killer to find. Interdepartmental rivalries, politics, and little evidence to go on hamper the investigation at every turn.
An invitation to take lunch at the Great Western Hotel at Paddington station leads Sherlock Holmes into a baffling mystery. Who is it that is watching every move made by popular journalist Farringdon Blake, and why? When the trail goes cold in London, Holmes and his friend, Dr. Watson, must travel down to Foxwood Grange, Blake's home in rural Oxfordshire, to seek a solution to the mystery there.
In Britain, MI6 operative Aidan Snow witnesses a ruthless murder. Paddy Fox, a jaded ex-SAS soldier, foils the kidnap of a member of the Saudi Royal Family. Russia is making offers - and demands - to Ukraine that cannot be refused. In Saudi Arabia an al-Qaeda terror cell prepares for a mission. How are all these events connected? And what is Cold Black? Aidan Snow must fit the pieces of the puzzle together before it's too late.
Where Sherlock Holmes tends to go, then surely a crime must be detected. What begins as a chance encounter of a seemingly simple mystery at an Edinburgh home soon takes Holmes and Watson into conflict with the Edinburgh Police, an investigation involving murder and corruption, and crossing paths with the local populace including Dr. Joseph Bell.
SAS trooper Aidan Snow is in charge of training a new Polish unit when he is called to lead the barely-trained men into an operation to foil a bank robbery. Disaster strikes when the criminals blow the convoy to hell, and Snow is left fighting for his life in a car's wreckage. A green-eyed soldier stands over him and watches what he believes are Snow's last breaths; but he doesn't pull the trigger. Ten years later, Snow is teaching in Ukraine, keeping a low profile. But events will force Snow into a life-or-death chase.
"Decent Story, I Think."
Stretching from London to Langley, Virginia, from Afghanistan to Chechnya and the Caucasus, intelligence services the world over must work together to foil the terrorist threat that lurks in the shadows.