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In the early days of 1924, Mary Russell and her husband, the inimitable Sherlock Holmes, are given an urgent task by his brother, Mycroft: find a British spy gone missing along India's northwest frontier, where men are dying and trouble is brewing. The spy's name? It is one Holmes knows from his sojourn in India long ago, and one Russell knows from a book. It is Kimball O'Hara, known to the world by the name Rudyard Kipling called him - Kim....

©2004 Laurie R. King (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Makes the past come alive

Laurie R. King’s ability to recreate a historical place and time is extraordinary. She seldom glosses over details, but she doesn’t dwell on them unnecessarily either. She is less competent with the technology of the time, which becomes clear in the closing chapter of this book. Anyone with flying experience will recognize the lack of detail in the characters’ final escape. It could be argued that the characters themselves wouldn’t have been knowledgeable (or even observant) about their surroundings at that point. But that doesn’t line up with the meticulous attention to detail in every other part of the narrative. It leads one to the unfortunate conclusion that Ms. King might have had neither time for additional research nor perhaps the energy required to surround herself with all the minutiae of that environment and make it powerfully real for the reader as well. Regardless of that very small complaint, the rest of the book does make the India of that period a living place full of real people with lives and realities of their own, even the ones who are not central characters in the storyline. It deals sympathetically with the clashes between India and Great Britain, acknowledging England’s faults while not whitewashing those of India. It portrays the people of a wide variety of classes and occupations as real people, not just one-dimensional examples of a type. And it cleverly draws in one of literature’s great fictional characters and gives him a future and a much more complex personality than his original portrayal was able to accomplish. One of my favorites of the series.

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  • Gabrielle Dickinson
  • 01-06-18

Love the author

Love Laurie's books, although I find Jenny's reading of this a little harsh. I will still listen to all the rest though!

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