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    John E. Gardner(Author)

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With riches accumulated from an American crime spree, Professor Moriarty proceeds to annihilate his enemies. He murders the leaders of Europes underworld one by one, then prepares his most hideous revenge for his arch-enemy, Sherlock Holmes. Will he succeed in this most terrible plan? In this vivid, suspenseful novel of London underworld crime, John Gardner has created another brilliant novel in his acclaimed series pitting the Napoleon of Crime, James Moriarty, against mystery fictions Great Detective, Sherlock Holmes.

“An excellent tale of the dark side of London during the time of Sherlock Holmes.” - New York Herald Tribune“Skillfully written, highly imaginative, and―for a reader unencumbered by preconceived expectations―very satisfying.” - Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. JOHN GARDNER (1926-2007) was the author of forty-three books, including the acclaimed Boysie Oakes series and fourteen James Bond novels.Robin Sachs (1951 2013), raised in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, came to the United States in 1991. His credits include "Alias", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Dynasty", "Nowhere Man", "Babylon 5", "Diagnosis Murder", "Galaxy Quest", "Northfork", "Ocean s 11", "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", and "Megalodon". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 289 pages
  • John E. Gardner(Author)
  • Putnam Pub Group (January 1, 1976)
  • English
  • 8
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By Robert A. Erlandson on June 2, 2017

    I John Gardner's trilogy on Moriarty are great reads from a great writer, sadly lost to us now. Fans of Sherlock Holmes will enjoy the books as Gardner fleshes out the Napoleon of Crime and his evil empire.

  • By Julia on September 4, 2016

    Although this was a little hard to get into in the beginning- it was most definitely a must read for those who enjoy Sherlock Holmes! The web of intrigue in the story line kept me reading after I kept going. I could almost place myself in London while this was taking place. Most interesting to "see" things from Moriarty's point of view.

  • By Chris Adams on November 10, 2016

    I found this book to be quite interesting and very much entertaining . Being a voracious reader of anything Holmes I like this book a lot .

  • By John M. Sargent on January 29, 2017

    John Gardner was a force to be reckoned with.

  • By Drennan on February 8, 2013

    Recently back in print, John Gardner's The Revenge of Moriarty tells the story of the infamous Professor Moriarty, arch nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. Set against the backdrop of Conan Doyle's London, this is the narrative of Moriarty's attempt to undo Holmes sometime after the incident at Reichenback Falls, narrated in Conan Doyle's "The Final Problem." Although this novel may be appreciated by the Holmes aficionado, Gardner's development of the novel leaves something to be desired.This book follows Gardner's The Return of Moriarty, although it can certainly be read as a stand alone novel. Gardner (not to be confused with John Gardner, the famed author of Grendel) treats Holmes as though he were a historical character, rather than a fictional one, with a life outside of Conan Doyle's / Watson's narrative. This approach is appealing and gives the novel a feeling of historical accuracy, even though we know it's fiction. Additionally, Gardner gives Holmes fans an opportunity to revisit what we already know, or think we know, about Holmes.Gardner, also known for authoring the franchise of James Bond novels after the death of Ian Fleming, knows how to write a thriller. However, his character development and sense of place and time period are weak. Moriarty is one of the best known villains in English literature, and certainly he warrants more exploration than Gardner gives him. Moriarty's minions seem interchangeable, and it's difficult to keep straight which is which. If Gardner is simply after something in the vein of a spy thriller, then this works. It simply seems a shame that so much potential for character development remains untapped. Moriarty would be an ideal psychological case study; instead, we get a narrative of his exploits as he seeks to undo his enemies.Similarly, the setting of this novel is rife for exploration, yet Gardner simply doesn't give it to us. This is the perfect opportunity to really show the gritty, criminal underworld that Conan Doyle only hints at. Gardner doesn't do this. There are numerous references to embezzling, breaking safes, even prostitution; yet we never really get a sense of what this subculture is really like.Gardner's novel works as a fast-paced thriller. And yet, it feels like something of a missed opportunity. Maybe I'm expecting too much here. I wanted to explore Moriarty as a character--that just didn't happen.This review originally published at Speaking of Books, a site devoted to book reviews and discussions of literature and culture. Please visit us on the web!NOTE: A review copy was provided by the publisher. No monetary or other compensation was received.

  • By julie whiteley on April 26, 2013

    My rating: 3 of 5 starsThe Revenge of Moriarty: Sherlock Holmes' Nemesis Lives Again by John Gardner is a re-release by Open Road Media/Pegasus books. I recieved a digital copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley. I believe this book was originally published in 1975. As the title states, Moriarty is alive and well and back in London. Detective Crow and Sherlock Holmes are on the villian's list of people he seeks to destroy. As always the professor is diabolical and cunning. He hatches a complicated plan to take over as the leader of underworld crime in Europe as well as getting rid of his enemies. Each member of his gang that had branched out on his own while Moriarty was away is taught a valuable lesson as to who is really the one in charge. But, when it comes to besting Crow and Holmes, Moriarty may have met his match. The author writes this book as if it were actual events and not a novel. This is a unique approach and I felt like at times I was reading a true crime novel set back in the 1800's. I thought this was a clever way of telling the story. I have to admit though that I struggled to keep up with all the characters. Moriarty has quite an entourage and used other people to help him carry out his schemes. I also found myself a little bored at first. But, if you continue on with the book, the action picks up and through the last half of the book I was a lot more engaged.This was an interesting read if nothing else. I would recommend this book to fans of Sherlock Holmes and mystery lovers that enjoy old school detective stories. Overall I would give this one a C+.Thanks again to the publishers and Netgalley for the oppportunity to read and review this book.

  • By bookpurring on February 25, 2013

    've had mixed luck when wondering beyond the original Sherlock Holmes stories. I had a good experience with Sherlock vs. Dracula by Loren D. Estleman which is what encouraged me to keep trying out more of these independent Sherlock stories. Unfortunately The Revenge of Moriarty didn't do it for me, Moriarty is an underdeveloped character in the original stories, but I mostly didn't agree with how he was portrayed in Gardner's vision. There's lots of talk of Moriarty (in fact he is called the Napoleon of crime at least 2 or 3 times in the first 2 hours of the audio!) that he is dangerous and involved in many crime organization yet it's hard to point a finger at what he does. It also takes very long for the plot to pick up at least 4 hours of an 11 hour audiobook.Audiobook review: Not my favorite audiobook, the pacing is very slow and while it does suit the environment and Moriarty's persona I found myself wishing it was faster. Though this could also be an effect of how slow the plot moved along. I did find Sachs' narration clear and appropriate for the story.


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