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  • Paperback: 522 pages
  • Publisher: BSB (17 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480449229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480449220
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 825,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dark and compelling entertainment . . . an irresistible page turner."--Clive Barker

'The unabashed picaresque novel...entertainment for smart people...There are enough plot turns and twists to keep a Cthulu game going for months' --Washington Post

'Paced like a Hollywood thriller...a compulsive puzzler with a payoff as startling and unexpected as a mugging in Kensington Gardens' -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

'A ripping Holmesian thriller that barrels through Victorian England with the narrative drive of a runaway train...Ultimately the horror -  and the power - of the novel issues not from beyond the grave, but from the darker recesses of the human heart' -- People
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"Dark and compelling entertainment . . . an irresistible page turner."--Clive Barker

'The unabashed picaresque novel...entertainment for smart people...There are enough plot turns and twists to keep a Cthulu game going for months' --Washington Post

'Paced like a Hollywood thriller...a compulsive puzzler with a payoff as startling and unexpected as a mugging in Kensington Gardens' -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

'A ripping Holmesian thriller that barrels through Victorian England with the narrative drive of a runaway train...Ultimately the horror -  and the power - of the novel issues not from beyond the grave, but from the darker recesses of the human heart' -- People --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Ellington on 18 Jun. 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first bought a copy of The List of 7 back in 1994. Since then, the book, and its sequel, The Six Messiahs, have become an annual highlight in my reading calendar. The List of 7 is a highly atmospheric novel, which is superbly plotted, and which races along like a steam train to its climax. Frost has a real skill in painting the strongest of pictures in the reader's mind, and this book has a number of moments which still linger in my memory. Its characterisation, however, is its strongest point. The three main characters are brilliantly crafted by Frost, and this really marks the book as a true classic. Alexander is a truly original villian, and the best chapter in the book revolves around his brother's account of his life, and how it has shaped his own. I have introduced this book (and the sequel) to a number of friends, and cannot recommend it highly enough. Please Mr Frost, complete the trilogy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By haguesandy@aol.com on 18 Nov. 2001
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This is not the usual type of book that I would read - a Victorian supernatural murder mystery. However, after ten pages, it is a book that you just cannot put down. Frost introduces the main characters and hints at their backgrounds to begin with before describing their pasts in detail. By the end of the book you are turning the pages ever faster to find out what happens to the good guys and if evil is vanquished. After reading this, you will want to track down Frost's sequel, 'The Six Messiahs' which is every bit as gripping.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Polly Harvey on 13 Jan. 2013
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It's not often you stumble upon a book that totally sucks you in and ticks all of the right buttons straight away. The List of 7 did that for me.

Sherlock Holmes - TICK
Occult themes - TICK
Victorian setting - TICK
Jack the Ripper - TICK
Egyptology - TICK
Spiritualism - TICK
Zombies, vampires and other monsters - TICK

It felt that this book was written for me - I'm such a selfish reader.

The basic premise is that Arthur Conan Doyle's life is threatened following attendance at a seance; invited by a woman who wants his help. Jack Sparks rescues Doyle and warns him against the dark forces that are stalking him. What unfolds is a manic rush around the country escaping 'the grey hoods' and trying to solve the mystery of the 7.

If you know anything about the era, Conan Doyle, Sherlock or Jack the Ripper some of the 'revelations' in the book will not surprise you, but you will feel quite canny in solving some of the riddles.

The only thing that really irked me while reading this book was the American spellings of words. A book that is so steeped in English culture and history should be written using the English spellings. I know, this is really picky, but I'M really picky!

Other than that - if you enjoy a good romp, love Sherlock Holmes and enjoy your mysteries to have an esoteric edge read this. You won't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Campbell on 16 Jun. 2003
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Conan Doyle and a secret agent! Mystery, intrigue and excitment. This truely is one of the best books I have ever read. It has everything you could ask for, including a little romance. Conan Doyle, although a little bewildered at first, is soon quick to involve himself in the twists and turns of the plot, as problem follows problem. To put this book down is impossible, and to love the secret agent is a matter of course, whether you are male or female.
Altough this review is short, it can't justify the book.... You'll just have to read it yourself!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 May 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having found this book ...it took me some time to read it. When I got round to it I found it was probably the most wonderful book I have ever read. Incidently I followed this with "The Day After Tommorow" by Alan Fullsome, if ever a book was accidently written as a sequel, this was it! The List of Seven was brilliant and even now years after having read it there are images that remain with me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun. 1999
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Plainly put, this book was great. After many years of enjoying Sherlock Holmes stories, this book helps to fill a void in a true fans heart. I've read nearly every true Holmes story and it was a treat reading a book that painted an interesting depiction of Conan Doyle himself. I really enjoyed the book but I think I enjoyed the interaction between Sparks, the man who made Sherlock Holmes, and Conan Doyle, the man who made Sherlock Holmes. It was a neat idea for the writer to tell the story of a writer being inspired to create the most famous detective of now and forever. Cool book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Meikle on 23 Mar. 2008
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Mark Frost is best known as the writer on Twin Peaks, and he brings a similarly twisted vision to this wonderful neovel set in a slightly skewed Victorian England.

The protagonist is Arthur Conan Doyle, still a doctor, and with no inkling of his creation of the worlds greatest detective.

That's before he gets involved with a secret service agent with amazing deductive skills, a penchant for morphine, and a twisted, brilliant older brother.

This may sound like a Holmes pastiche, but Frost's imagination takes it way beyond that. We get a flight through the British Museum vaults, chased by the undead. We get a visit to Whitby abbey in the dead of night alongside an Irish writer named Bram Stoker who gets the idea of his life on the trip, and we get a glimpse of what might have happened if Victorian ingenuity had taken a slightly different turn into Zombie armies and vast, impersonal factories.

All that, and more literary references than you can shake a stick at, alongside pathos, friendship, betrayal and loss.

Frost is a fine, intelligent writer, with a unique vision, and this is his best work.
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