By Patrick Mercer
In this masterly follow-up to Patrick Mercer’s best-selling ‘Dr Watson’s War’, the back pages have become front-page news.
The British boxing champion Ezekial Shaw has been knifed to death. Yet the world’s greatest consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, seems indifferent towards the case.
Doctor Watson is intrigued, however, and starts an investigation of his own.
But his line of questioning soon causes him to cross paths with a certain Colonel Moriarty.
And it leads him into an affair with a possible suspect – Amelia, the sensual and seductive wife of Ezekial Shaw.
Yet as he gets closer to the mysterious truth, the boxing underworld stands in his way. And to keep the truth hidden, plans are made to murder the investigator.
Before the case is solved, Watson will have to fight his way out of tighter corner than any he ever found himself in with Holmes.
This is Watson as you have never seen him before. He is daring, dogged and damnably attractive to the fair sex! This gripping novella combines action, humour, mystery – along with a love and knowledge of the original Conan Doyle stories.
Patrick Mercer is author of the Anthony Morgan Trilogy, ‘To Do and Die’, ‘Dust and Steel’ and ‘Red Runs the Helmand,’ as well as a number of straight histories of Victoria’s wars. A military historian by training, he was decorated four times as an infantry officer and then was the defence correspondent for BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme before being elected as Member of Parliament for Newark in 2001.
Patrick Mercer’s books have received widespread acclaim.
‘The style is rougher and more forceful than we’re used to, being untouched by Conan Doyle’s editorial hand, but it suits the subject matter admirably. You just know that this is what it was like.’ (Roger Johnson, The District Messenger on Doctor Watson’s War:)
‘A finely-drawn depiction of battle and the camaraderie of war’ (The Daily Mail of ‘To Do and Die)
‘A tremendous achievement by a storyteller who knows the humour, the fear and the frenzy of men in battle’ (Bernard Cornwell of ‘To Do and Die’)