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The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons

The Fifth Heart

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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

Another mighty impressive doorstopper from American author Dan Simmons who seems as adept at large canvas galactic SF opera as he is in pulling the strings of abominable horror and now walking the walk of the classic crime thriller. In 1893, a post-Reichenbach Falls and anonymous Sherlock Holmes and a suicidal in mood and despairing Henry James travel to America to investigate the death of historian Henry Adams' wife by suicide. As expected Holmes soon establishes all is not what it seems and the game is afoot. Dickensian in its imaginative scope, with a gallery of highly-colourful characters and the teeming intensity of 19th century Manhattan, this is an old-fashioned read, with twists and surprises on every dark corner, and a frantic narrative rhythm that never stands still and provides an unspoken guarantee of white nights of reading until a perfect conclusion. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

If you like Dan Simmons you might also like to read books by Tanis Rideout, Diane Setterfield and Neil Stephenson.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Some time ago, the novel Drood was a new direction for American writer Dan Simmons, famous for such sprawling futuristic epics such as the award-winning Hyperion. But Simmons’ take on 19th-century Britain and the writers Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins was every bit as powerful as his SF work. Now, he channels two characters – one real and one fictitious. The Fifth Heart is a massive (over 600 pages) but continuously entertaining novel. In America in 1893, Sherlock Holmes and the writer Henry James join together to investigate the suicide of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams – a man whose family hobnobs with US presidents. Needless to say, there is more to Clover’s death than meets the eye, as the two very different protagonists here discover. The plot they begin to uncover has ramifications reaching the highest echelons of American society.
~ Barry Forshaw


The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons

In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to investigate the suicide of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams - a member of the family that has given the United States two Presidents. Quickly, the investigators deduce that there's more to Clover's death than meets the eye - with issues of national importance at stake. Holmes is currently on his Great Hiatus - his three-year absence after Reichenbach Falls during which time the people of London believe him to be deceased. The disturbed Holmes has faked his own death and now, as he meets James, is questioning what is real and what is not. Holmes' theories shake James to the core. What can this master storyteller do to fight against the sinister power - possibly Moriarty - that may or may not be controlling them from the shadows? And what was Holmes' role in Moriarty's rise? Conspiracy, action and mystery meet in this superb literary hall of mirrors from the author of Drood.


'Simmons (Drood) knows the Holmes canon and uses that expertise in the service of a highly original reimagining of the beloved sleuth.' Publishers Weekly

'Always compelling' Sherlock Holmes Society

About the Author

Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1948, and grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest. He received his Masters in Education from W ashington University in St. Louis in 1971. He worked in elementary education for eighteen years, winning awards for his innovative teaching, and became a full-time writer in 1987. Dan lives in Colorado with his wife, Karen, and has a daughter in her twenties. His books are published in tw enty-nine counties and many of them have been optioned for film.

Author photo © Cliff Grassmick

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5th March 2015


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