Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz was a logical next book choice after the last read that revolved muchly about Sherlock Holmes. Moriarty is Holmes arch enemy. I just love these spinoffs from the classics. The dismantling of the Reichenbach Falls hoax is brilliant and let’s us pick up where Watson left off. Like Iago.
After Frederick Chase, a Pinkerton introduces himself as our narrator we are given some of the particulars of the tale that has three men going up to the Falls, Holmes, Moriarty, and Moran, a sharpshooter/assassin who works for Moriarty. One body found, apparently Moriarty’s since authorities don’t know about Moran, it isn’t Holmes, so Moriarty is the logical choice, except for the fact that no one knows what he looks like. Chase joins up with a Scotland Yard Detective, Athelney Jones.
We are suddenly thrown into a tale with all the characters from a Sherlock Holmes adventure except Holmes and Watson and of course Mrs. Hudson. A Yank and A Brit team up to foil American gangsters, using the American Legation as cover, trying to take over the evil criminal vacuum left by Moriarty’s death. The new guys are more vicious and more brutal. The two detectives are cutting through this ncase like a hot knife through butter. Are we seeing the birth of a new super detective duo soon to be followed by a sequel?
A page or two before Chapter Twenty-One grab a brandy. Just as with Iago, this book is about Moriarty, after all it is what’s written on the cover of the book.