The Hound of the D'Urbervilles

The Hound of the D'Urbervilles

Book - 2011
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Imagine the twisted evil twins of Holmes and Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Prof. James Moriarty - wily, snake- like, fiercely intelligent, unpredictable - and Colonel Sebastian 'Basher' Moran - violent,politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. Unravelling mysteries -- all for their own gain. 

A spin-off from Titan's highly successful Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series, The Hound of the D'Urbervilles sees acclaimed novelist Kim Newman ( Anno Dracula ) take on the fiendish Professor Moriarty.
Publisher: London : Titan Books, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780857682833
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Newman Kim
Characteristics: 467 p. ;,21 cm.


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Oct 15, 2014

An enjoyable pastiche by Kim Newman, this has negligible overlap with his vampire series other than minor mentions of the Diogenes club.

It is largely an homage to a wide variety of Victorian fictional villains and villainesses written in a combination of the styles of Conan Doyle and of George McDonald Fraser. The narrator is Colonel Moran, whose character is modelled on Fraser's Flashman. Moriarty and his "family" appear to owe a lot to the Moriarty trilogy by John Gardner.

While I don't believe this is as strong a book as Kim Newman's other publications it is well worth reading.

TrishThompson Mar 28, 2013

A fun read. I'm a Holmes fan, but it's always interesting to see things from the other perspective- the villians of the Holmesian world. Darkly humorous.


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