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Publisher's Summary

The new novel by NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, starring brothers Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes. 

It is 1872, and a series of gruesome murders is the talk of London. Mycroft Holmes - now 26 and a force to be reckoned with at the War Office - has no interest in the killings; however his brother Sherlock has developed a distasteful fascination for the macabre to the detriment of his studies, much to Mycroft's frustration. 

When a ship carrying cargo belonging to Mycroft's best friend Cyrus Douglas runs aground, Mycroft persuades Sherlock to serve as a tutor at the orphanage that Douglas runs as a charity, so that Douglas might travel to see what can be salvaged. Sherlock finds himself at home among the street urchins, and when a boy dies of a suspected drug overdose, he decides to investigate, following a trail of strange subterranean symbols to the squalid opium dens of the London docks. Meanwhile a meeting with a beautiful Chinese woman leads Mycroft to the very same mystery, one that forces him to examine the underbelly of the opium trade that is enriching his beloved Britain's coffers. 

As the stakes rise, the brothers find that they need one another's assistance and counsel. But a lifetime of keeping secrets from each other may have catastrophic consequences....

©2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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I think this one was better than the first book

I think it's sad that I don't think I ever would have actually got to actually read this book had I bought this in just the regular way. Meaning, had I bought the first book normally on a whim, to see if I liked it, and moreimportantly to see if Kareem Abdul-Jabbar could actually write a book I think my opinion would have been no he couldn't. I never would have bought the second in the series,in fact I contemplated returningthe first book and also the last book of the series without ever even helping on him and listening to them simply assuming they'd be as bad as his first one. To say I was not a fan of his first book would be generous, but this book was by far the better of the two. So I have high hopes, or at least I have higher hopes for this next one being better still. When I bought the series I bought them when audible was having a sale where you could buy the whole series for a discount and so I did, among a number of others. I just about didn't read (ya I know listen to) this nor the third one at all, I was about to send them both back plus the first, thinking they all sucked. Owing to the lovely policy that Audible is willing to take back books if you thought they were horrible, but I decided to give it (book 2 aka, this one) a shot, and luckily, it was a pretty good one.
So here's to hoping for 2 out of 3. Who knows? Maybe I was just having a bad couple days when I listened to the first one and I'll have to go back and give #1 another shot. Who knows?

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Arthur Conan Doyle would be pleased

extremely well-written the narrator was well-spoken good story line lots of action and intrigue excellence

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The best

Kareem and Anna are perfection. A team that once again brings Sherlock and Mycroft to life. I’ll read most anything Sherlockian, this is by far the best.

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A fresh look.

A look into the brothers Holmes relationships and how they navigated their differences . A glimpse into the beginnings of criminal science. I loved it

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Loved this book!

I found the historical backdrop and story very interesting, but it is the character development, the details, that I think make it. I may be wrong, but of all the Sherlock books I’ve read, by various authors from Arthur Conan Doyle to contemporary, this feels like the richest in detail. A wonderful “read”! Oh, and to top it off, the narration was excellent.

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Extremely good vocabulary and use of the English language.

Very “literate” writing. Could have been written by a college professor.
Nice imagination for the story.

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Exceptional narrator. Very good story.

What a fun listen!! Very good story. Good development of characters. Young Mycroft and Sherlock are very interesting. Authors have managed to keep them authentic to the original.
Lots of side stories. It’s interesting to hear English sports teams being brought into the story. Much research has been successfully woven into the plot.

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great story!

I really enjoyed this story! loved watching a young Sherlock and Mycroft as they home their skills of deduction and try to relate to each other. This Sherlock has yet to become the master detective we know and love, and watching him as he tentatively steps into the art of deduction is a lot of fun!

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Pretty darn good

I liked the way it made mention of the past book, but if you hadn't listened to the first one, it didn't really hinder the story. There are just references that you wouldn't understand. I enjoyed how the characters were explored as young adults and the what might be and the what will never be. How things with the Homes brothers in the original series were never really explained, but this gives a probably beginning that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would approve of.

Damian Lynch does a wonderful job bringing this to life.

I will certainly listen to it again.

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I was skeptical when I started reading...

... but became enthralled even as the first chapter finished and was thoroughly entrenched in the story soon enough. Mycroft and Sherlock are two of my favorite characters and I want to thank the authors for this resurrection that is unbelievably true to form!
Absolutely loved it!!!!

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