In honourable homage to Conan Doyle, Caleb Carr escorts Holmes and Watson through what transpires to be one of their most sensational adventures – one of their 'largely secret sub-collection' of cases, swathed in discretion and bound by decorum. Rightly so, given the delicate nature of the investigation: murder in a royal palace, an affront to the majesty of Queen Victoria, and a tantalising take on another, ancient murder. One witnessed by the willful Mary Queen of Scots...
In this landmark event of crime fiction, Caleb Carr echoes – exquisitely – the master of whodunnit. And in capturing the conversational rhythms of detection's most famous exponents, he recreates, by way of stunningly original story, the glory of Holmes and Watson, ensuring their continued resonance throughout the annals of crime.
Title: The Italian Secretary
Author: Caleb Carr
Publisher: Carroll & Graf