Who Thinks Evil

Who Thinks Evil

A Professor Moriarty Novel

Book - 2014
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"In London, 1890, a well-guarded young nobleman goes missing under distressing circumstances. The nobleman, one Baron Renfrew, is actually Prince Albert Victor, eldest grandson of Queen Victoria. He disappeared while he was visiting a house of ill repute, with bodyguards both inside and outside the building--with his inside bodyguard rendered unconscious and the trussed-up corpse of a brutally murdered young woman left behind. Hoping to find the missing Prince and to clear him of the murder, the royal family is looking for a brilliant--and, more importantly, discreet--investigator. Sherlock Holmes, alas, is out of the country so, at the suggestion of his brother Mycroft, they turn to the only man who just might be more brilliant--Dr. James Moriarty. Moriarty, at the time, is up on charges of murder, awaiting retrial after his first jury was hung. In exchange for his release and the murder charges (of which he's innocent), the so-called "Napoleon of Crime" will use all his resources to track down the missing prince and find out who is behind his disappearance and the brutal murders left in his wake. He soon finds that someone out there is laying a trail, setting up Moriarty himself to take the fall for the crimes. If the real Moriarty doesn't manage to unravel and foil this plot soon, he may never again draw another free breath"--
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2014.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780312365455
0312365454
Characteristics: 286 pages ; 22 cm.

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forbesrachel Feb 22, 2015

When a disturbing series of murders reveals a conspiracy to overthrow the throne, who does England call...normally Sherlock Holmes, but at the moment he is incommunicado, so the government must turn to that most infamous criminal-mastermind, Moriarty, in his stead. Kurland doesn't do enough to distinguish this brilliant man from Holmes. Surely he is more social, and composed, but he basically uses the same methods, has his own loyal associates, and is followed by his own ineffectual cop. His role as the "Napoleon of Crime" is played down. The fact that he doesn't think of himself as "evil" isn't the problem, it's that the author acknowledges his questionable acts, but hardly makes this character use his unique resources. Moriarty's brilliance is instead forced on us through irrelevant tangents, rather than flowing naturally from his actions. However, nitpicking aside, the mystery is a interesting one, and there are actually two in this story. Tangents, dialogue, and the overall organization can be stiff, but at the crucial moments they are quite the opposite; like when Holmes shows up, and when the political underpinnings are explained. The cases unfold plainly, apparently Moriarty has less interest in theatrics than Holmes, so he reveals his thoughts as they come. Interesting concept, could have been better executed, but still worth reading.

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Palomino
Jun 02, 2014

I read all the way to the end, with difficulty, so you don't have to. Typical lowest-common-denominator fluffy rip-off of a popular thing, with wooden characters and thin plot. Average rating at best, 2-1/2 stars. Minus one star for completely killing the joyous adventure and mysterious atmosphere of the original Holmes stories. Minus one star for terrible writing -- was it put through Google Translate a couple of times? Minus one star for using extreme sexual violence against women to make a boring book more exciting, in light of recent news events I'm really not in the mood for that. Minus one star for writing all conversation in dialect, if you really enjoy all the forelock-tugging and yes-milording, you'll love this book. The rating scale does not go low enough, so lowest possible rating it is. Great gift for someone of low intelligence who you don't like.

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