Mycroft Holmes A novel

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1947-

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Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, 1947- Mycroft ; 1.
Mystery fiction
London : Titan Books 2015.
First edition
Physical Description
328 pages ; 25 cm
Main Author
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1947- (author)
Other Authors
Anna Waterhouse (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Abdul-Jabbar, a Holmesian since his college days, joins forces with Waterhouse, his cowriter on the documentary On the Shoulders of Giants, to offer a rousing mystery starring Sherlock's older (and smarter) brother, Mycroft, a rising star in the British government. The action begins in 1870 London but quickly moves to Trinidad, where Mycroft's closest friend, Cyrus Douglas, a native of the island, must travel to investigate what some believe is an infestation of douen—tiny supernatural characters who lead children into the clutches of werewolf-like lougarou. Mycroft joins his friend for the trip, and what the two find on arrival—after a near-fatal ocean crossing—isn't supernatural but far more harrowing: an elaborate scheme to bring slavery back to the Caribbean. The authors hit all the right notes here, combining fascinating historical detail (on Trinidadian culture and folklore, on tobacco importation in London, even on the development of the Gatling gun) with rousing adventure, including some cleverly choreographed fight scenes and a pair of protagonists whose rich biracial friendship, while presented realistically, given the era (Douglas must sometimes pose as a butler), is the highlight of the book. Yes, Douglas is a sort-of Watson, but a much brighter, more physical, more bantering version, an equal not a foil. Mystery fans will be eager to hear more from this terrific duo, who may well develop into a gaslit version of Robert B. Parker's Spenser and Hawk. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Basketball's all-time leading scorer, among accomplishments on and off the court too numerous to mention, Abdul-Jabbar is also the author of eight books, including On the Shoulders of Giants. Here he leaps into fiction with a mystery starring Sherlock Holmes's brother, Mycroft, who helps the British government when there's some (real-life) trouble in Trinidad. Why Mycroft? Says Abdul-Jabbar, "I'm attracted to Mycroft as a character because he's different from Holmes…not as physically active…but very cerebral and very capable of getting things done." [Page 69]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

When rumors of missing persons and mysterious footprints in the sand travel from the shores of Trinidad to the heart of London, there's only one man for the job: Mycroft Holmes. Sherlock's older brother is cutting his teeth in diplomacy and espionage as assistant to the British secretary of state for war when he and his closest friend, Trinidadian Cyrus Douglas, first hear of the eerie happenings. The men are concerned but skeptical until Holmes's fiancée, Georgiana, a Trinidadian herself, rushes home to investigate. Douglas and Holmes quickly set a course for the island and a harrowing adventure that will forever change and define them. VERDICT Clear space on your new fiction shelf for this slam-dunk of a debut novel. Cowritten by NBA all-star and author Abdul-Jabbar (What Color Is My World?) and screenwriter and producer Waterhouse, the team behind the NAACP and Telly Award-winning documentary On the Shoulders of Giants, this latest collaboration brings a fresh voice and broadened scope to the Holmes canon. Historical fiction and mystery fans will be the first to demand this title, but its mass appeal is undeniable. [See Prepub Alert, 5/4/15.]—Liv Hanson, Chicago [Page 89]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Basketball great Abdul-Jabbar teams with scriptwriter Waterhouse for this engaging, well-researched reimagining of Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's older brother. Mycroft is quickly rising through the government ranks when he joins his best friend Cyrus Douglas on a journey home to Trinidad to investigate the mysterious deaths of children. Their harrowing adventure broadens the Holmes canon. (LJ 8/15). Copyright 2016 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Basketball legend Abdul-Jabbar (On the Shoulders of Giants) makes his triumphant adult fiction debut with an action yarn that fills in the backstory of Sherlock Holmes's older and smarter brother, Mycroft. In 1870, the 23-year-old Mycroft, who has a reputation as a daredevil, is serving as a secretary at the War Office when word reaches London of a series of unusual deaths in Trinidad. Someone, or some thing, has been killing children and draining their blood. The locals believe the culprits are supernatural beings known as lougarou, who drain children of their blood, and douen, who leave highly unusual footprints near their victims. The tragic news stuns Mycroft's fiancée, Georgiana Sutton, who immediately sails home to Trinidad. Disobeying her request to stay behind, Mycroft follows Georgiana to Trinidad, where he must exercise his intellect and his innate diplomatic skills to solve the crimes and remain alive. Sherlockians who relish the screen adventures of Cumberbatch and Downey will be particularly entertained. Agent: Deborah Morales, Iconomy. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Co-written by the NBA All-Star, an original novel starring the enigmatic brother of Sherlock Holmes follows the early partnership between Mycroft, a rising star in the government; and his best friend, Cyrus Douglas; as they investigate a series of murders in Trinidad.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When his fiancâee abruptly departs for Trinidad after hearing disturbing news, Mycroft Holmes and his best friend Cyrus Douglas follow and find themselves drawn in to a treacherous investigation.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A new novel written by NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!Fresh out of Cambridge University, the young Mycroft Holmes is already making a name for himself in government, working for the Secretary of State for War. Yet this most British of civil servants has strong ties to the faraway island of Trinidad, the birthplace of his best friend, Cyrus Douglas, a man of African descent, and where his fiance´e Georgiana Sutton was raised.Mycroft's comfortable existence is overturned when Douglas receives troubling reports from home. There are rumors of mysterious disappearances, strange footprints in the sand, and spirits enticing children to their deaths, their bodies found drained of blood. Upon hearing the news, Georgiana abruptly departs for Trinidad. Near panic, Mycroft convinces Douglas that they should follow her, drawing the two men into a web of dark secrets that grows more treacherous with each step they take...Written by NBA superstar Kareem Abdul- Jabbar and screenwriter Anna Waterhouse, Mycroft Holmes reveals the untold story of Sherlock's older brother. This harrowing adventure changed his life, and set the stage for the man Mycroft would become: founder of the famous Diogenes Club and the hidden power behind the British government.