The House of Silk
(Book 6 for RIP)
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz.
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books(October 2, 2012)
The House of Silk begins with a brief, personal recounting of events by Watson. The reader is informed of the particulars regarding the first meeting of Watson and Holmes, including the circumstances of the Afghan War and a mention of the case that was "too shocking to be revealed until now."
The client of "The Flat Cap case" is introduced as a man by the name of Edmund Carstairs, an art dealer whose paintings had been destroyed by a gang of Irish robbers. After the murder of Carstairs' client, and a failure on the part of a hired detective, he turns to Sherlock Holmes, who employs the aid of the Baker Street Irregulars, and upon locating the hotel wherein the supposed Keelan O'Donaghue (one of the leaders of the gang) is currently staying, one of the newest recruits of the Irregulars, a boy named Ross, is stationed to wait outside until Holmes, Watson, and Mr. Carstairs arrive. When the group finally arrives, Ross appears inexplicably horror-stricken and is later found brutally murdered by thugs of the House of Silk. When Holmes makes inroads with the House of Silk case, he is framed for murder and sent to prison
Having recently read another Sherlock Homes book I found myself comparing writers.. something I never really do. I think because of my age and my familiarity with the very old back and white Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce that I tend to hear their voices in the dialog and so draw on what sounds more like the movies I remember. I have to say that I think the other book, Dust and Shadow, reads more like the Conan Doyle books I remember that turned into movies.
That being said I will say that this was still a very good read. Unfortunately, I have not been feeling well and so this book, which I should have read in a few short days, took me a long time to read, but it had nothing to do with the writing.
This book begins a little slow (not toooo slow) and builds as it goes along, until the final few chapters just race by. I do think that anyone who likes Sherlock Holmes stories will enjoy this book.