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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 twenty-six and a...
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 twenty-six and a...
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  • 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 twenty-six 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...

About the Author-

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Holmesian—7'2" tall, basketball's all-time leading scorer, and a U.S. cultural ambassador. He's written extensively, including What Color is My World (children's), Brothers in Arms (military history), and On the Shoulders of Giants (black history). His novel Mycroft Holmes, starring Sherlock Holmes less well known but far more talented older brother, was published in 2015.
    Anna Waterhouse has sold and/or optioned several scripts, consulted on a feature-length doc for HBO, was supervising producer/co-writer of Netflix/Showtime's "On the Shoulders of Giants,"​ which won an NAACP Image Award for best documentary, has taught screenwriting at both Chapman University and at U.S.C., and is currently working on a limited series with acclaimed writer Robert Towne.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 30, 2018
    Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse’s intriguing sequel to 2015’s bestselling Mycroft Holmes again places Sherlock Holmes’s older brother in the lead. In 1872, 26-year-old Mycroft’s acumen has landed him a senior position in the War Office in London, and even brought him to the attention of Queen Victoria, who seeks his help in averting tensions with Scotland over a football match. Mycroft also serves in loco parentis for his 18-year-old younger sibling, whose interest in crime has manifested itself by an appetite for newspaper reports on the subject. The brothers join forces with Mycroft’s close friend from Trinidad, philanthropist Cyrus Douglas, to investigate a number of mysteries, including a series of bizarre killings dubbed the Savage Gardens murders after the name of the small street where they occurred. The murderer has claimed seven victims, six of them Chinese, who were all sliced into quarters and left to bleed out. Although the authors’ active Mycroft is a far cry from the canon’s sedentary genius, their depiction of what he was like as a young man works as a plausible backstory. Agent: Deborah Morales, Iconomy.

  • Kirkus

    September 1, 2018
    The year 1872 finds Mycroft Holmes, not yet known as Sherlock Holmes' smarter brother, pulled into a drug-tinged series of murders that, against all odds, entangles his younger brother too in a piquant case of sibling rivalry.As London is devastated by the Savage Gardens Murders, whose victims are the owners or habitués of opium dens, Mycroft, recently promoted to the position of special counsel to Queen Victoria, looks forward eagerly to hands-on involvement in international intrigue at the highest level. Instead, he finds himself mired in family problems. A ship belonging to his old friend and Trinidad native Cyrus Douglas has been wrecked, and in order to take part in its salvaging, Cyrus must absent himself from Nickolus House, the residential school he runs for orphaned boys in memory of his own dead son. Could 18-year-old Sherlock possibly take a few days off from his studies at Downing College, Cambridge, to teach the boys some elementary principles of mathematics in Douglas' absence? Sherlock's first response is splenetic refusal, but once he settles into the job, his unorthodox instructional methods endear him as much to his temporary charges as they horrify Mycroft, and the fatal overdose of one of them makes him determined to investigate. Although Mycroft announces, "Unless that poor boy's death has implications for Queen and country, it is no matter for me," his own chance meeting with medical student Ai Lin, whose brother, Dai en-Lai, is a schoolmate of Sherlock's, leads him to both the same mystery and, even more unlikely, to a promise of romance.The mystery, as so often in Conan Doyle, is less interesting than the Holmes-ian byplay. But fans will want to read this sturdy pastiche if only for the deathless query: "Do we bring Sherlock in? Or leave him in relative ignorance until after his exams?"

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  • Library Journal

    October 1, 2018

    When six Chinese males are found dead--quartered and mutilated--on London streets in 1872, 26-year-old Mycroft Holmes investigates. He is special consul to the secretary of state for war and already a major force behind government officialdom. His best friend, Cyrus Douglas, older and from Trinidad, sponsors a home for orphaned boys, one of whom dies of a drug overdose. Mycroft's younger brother Sherlock, 18 and at Cambridge, delves into the drug connection while Mycroft pursues the Chinese mystery. Each withholds vital information from the other. Sherlock plunges into many physical scrapes, but Mycroft prefers that others follow his intellectual guidance. It takes both to solve this mystery, neither fully willing to credit the other. VERDICT Basketball legend Abdul-Jabbar is also a pro writer, having done memoirs, nonfiction, essays, children's books and, with Waterhouse, Mycroft Holmes, the precursor to this novel. Fans of Conan Doyle will appreciate the period accuracy, but a much wider audience will enjoy the intelligent treatment of race and social standing as part of a well-plotted, intriguing mystery.--Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    Starred review from October 1, 2018
    Mycroft Holmes, a rising star in the British government, sees signs that the British economy of 1872 is on the precipice of a severe recession. The queen listens to his concerns but dismisses them. In the meantime, Mycroft must decide what to do with his precocious, often-irritating, and always-cocksure younger brother, Sherlock. He decides that the nearly 19-year-old would do well as a teacher in a home for disadvantaged boys. Tragedy strikes when one of the boys is spirited away and murdered, motive unknown. Mycroft and Sherlock, along with Cyrus Douglas, Mycroft's best friend and a native of Trinidad, set about finding the killers. They learn that the victim may have been involved in London's burgeoning opium trade, if only as a delivery boy. Also in the mix is a beautiful Asian woman to whom Mycroft is attracted but who may also have a connection to the opium trade. The game, as Sherlock would later say, is afoot! In a sequel that takes place two years following the events detailed in the authors' outstanding Mycroft Holmes? (2015), Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse again nail the historical ambience, the dialogue, and the plotting, effectively paying tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle but also adding large dollops of humor and romance. This is a wonderful mystery in what one hopes will be a long-running series.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

  • Kirkus Reviews "Fans will want to read this sturdy pastiche"
  • Martin Rosenstock
    "The smoke of the London Underground, the funk of the Devil's Acre, the vapors of opium. The atmosphere rises off the pages in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse's sequel to their hugely entertaining Mycroft Holmes. Now, in Mycroft and Sherlock, the Holmes brothers—each brilliant in his own way—must solve a case that lays bare the dark heart of Imperial London: a fraternal duo in a story paced like a whirlwind ride through the night."

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