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The Last Sherlock Holmes Story Paperback – 5 Jul 1999

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (5 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571140785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571140787
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.6 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 907,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Can the world's greatest detective unmask Jack the Ripper? The Last Sherlock Holmes Story is a thrilling addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon by Michael Dibdin, another of Britain's best-loved crime writers.

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Michael Dibdin was born in 1947, and attended schools in Scotland and Ireland and universities in England and Canada. He is the author of the internationally bestselling Inspector Zen Mystery series. The first novel in the series, Ratking, won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger. Other titles in the series include Medusa, Back to Bologna and End Games. He died in 2007.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By srsbizniz on 2 April 2011
Format: Paperback
...and two things probably help with this. Firstly, the fact that it is short and can be read in one sitting. Secondly, I'd never read any of the Arthur Conan Doyle stories prior to reading this. Whilst some of the intertextual points may have been beyond me at certain points (or were they? Everyone surely knows at least the basic outlines of Holmes and Watson) I felt that this was a good place to come in. My impression of Holmes as eminent detective had not been formed and, perhaps through this, what I found to admire here more than deduction, or other themes normally to be found in police procedurals and amateur sleuth stories, was Holmes' cunning.

Aside from Holmes, I found Watson to be particularly engaging narrator who led me along with a sprightly if slightly gammy-legged skip. Enjoyable, readable and a perfect starting place to help with delving into the original Conan Doyle stories as I am going to do now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Neligan on 16 Nov. 2013
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As Mozart might have said, "It doesn't really work, does it?" Holmes was a fictional hero and the Ripper was real: the gruesome world of the Whitechapel slayings is very different from that of "The Speckled Band" - though they are not separated much by time or place. The further I read, the more I became impatient to see how the end would develop. When it came, I found it disappointing and confusing - and even ambiguous. The author (requiescat) wrote with some distinction and he obviously put a lot of work into the plot and its connection with Conan Doyle's canon, but somehow I wish he hadn't bothered. Few if any of his imitators write as entertainingly as the burly, cricket-loving believer in fairies. However, it has given me an idea: how about a tale in which Dracula becomes a vegetarian, Tarzan comes out of the closet, Conan The Barbarian takes Holy Orders and James Bond drinks real ale?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ms. H. E. Gibbons on 21 Jun. 2010
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I'm not one to usually write reviews on here. I will say this, for a big Sherlock Holmes fan, this is a must read and is very well written. My main purpose however is not to recommend the book but to say please don't read the review underneath. I made the mistake of buying the book and seeing what the reviews said before reading it. I'm sorry to say that the first review on the page gave away a huge plot spoiler and did annoy me. I enjoyed the book nevertheless, but I couldn't help but wonder how much better it would have been if I didn't know what was going to happen anyway. It's all very well to recommend a book and to talk around plot points, but I don't agree with giving those plot points away. I'm sure it was meant with the best of intentions, but it did make a potentially great read into just a good one.

Do give this book a chance, it's worth every penny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John. A. B. Berley on 26 Nov. 2010
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The Last Sherlock Holmes Story (Unabridged)

This is a very good story. However do not expect a normal Holmes story. As the plot twists and turnes you realise that all is not going too well for Sherlock. Accept this what if tale for what it is and enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Hopper TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Nov. 2013
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A full length Sherlock Holmes story, one of the many involving Jack the Ripper, and featuring Moriarty (why does seemingly almost every full length Holmes pastiche have to feature Moriarty?). Holmes's evil nemesis is used in a very unusual way here, though, and the story ends with a shocking twist which leads to a dramatic change in the chronicles of the Great Detective. I can't say any more without revealing spoilers, but I instinctively don't care for the resolution. The book is extremely well written and very authentically Conan Doylesque. There is a hilarious passage in the Introduction where Holmes takes issue with the sensationalist style in which Conan Doyle has written up one of his cases as the first Holmes story A Study in Scarlet, whereas the detective's inductive approach had preferred the rather more clinical Towards a Definitive Praxis of Applied Criminal Anthropology: Some Notes on the Stangerson-Drebber Murders of 1881!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dean R. Hughes on 1 Mar. 2013
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Found this to be massively disappointing, having high hopes initially regarding a meeting between Sherlock Holmes and Jack The Ripper. I won't write any spoilers here for anyone wishing to give it a go for themselves, however I found the further in the book I got and the more I was expecting Holmes to start resembling the character I know and love, the more that the Holmes in this book became a offensive impersonator. The ending, whilst attempting to be shocking and emotional is obvious and uncomfortable for anyone with any love of the character. Avoid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Fajerman on 18 Nov. 2013
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I've enjoyed Dibden's Zen books up to a point, although the regular setbacks suffered by Aurelio due to corruption and interference tend to be a bit depressing, but this story was too much. For one thing, Dibden copied the style of Doyle so accurately that I sometimes felt he had actually copied chunks of Doyle text. This is not true of course, but it's the feeling I got. Then his ascription of the crimes to you know who (not wanting to give anything away) was a great let down. Jack the ripper was a real character and the killings were not the result of a fictional master criminal's desire to create a stir in the community. I regret to say I gave up reading half way through. Sorry, Mr Dibden.
Joe Fajerman
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