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The alternative life of mad Sherlock...,
This review is from: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson M.D. (Hardcover)
I like this alternate version of the Sherlock Holmes universe. It's not really a spoiler to say that Holmes wasn't really playing dead for those four years he was missing, or that there was never a criminal mastermind called Professor Moriarty...it's revealed in the first chapter of this book. And I guess some readers will have a problem with the concept, as it turns a lot of things on their heads, and Moriarty was a character that most people adore and wish there could've been more of...I mean, he was only in one story, and name-checked in a couple of others...all in all, it was short-lived rivalry.
But there was always the cocaine factor in the original story, and Holmes only took it when there were no cases, so why not speculate on what would have happened if there hadn't been any cases for a long, long time? Like I said, I like the approach, and the author does a pretty good job of copying Watson's writing style. In fact he makes excuses for himself at the beginning, saying he's an old man and perhaps his writing isn't what it once was...very clever from the author.
The actual case isn't as satisfying as the concept of mad Sherlock out of his mind on cocaine...it's okay, but the addition of a certain famous psychiatrist [psychologist?] is stretching things a bit. But it's fiction, so why not?