It's only the second day of 1924, but Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, find themselves embroiled in intrigue. It starts with a New Year's visit from Holmes's brother Mycroft, who comes bearing a strange package containing the papers of an English spy named Kimball O'Hara-the same Kimball known to the world through Kipling's famed Kim. Inexplicably, O'Hara withdrew from the "Great Game" of espionage and now he has just as inexplicably disappeared. When Russell discovers Holmes's own secret friendship with the spy, she knows the die is cast: she will accompany her husband to India to search for the missing operative. But Russell soon learns that in this faraway and exotic land, it's often impossible to tell friend from foe-and that some games aren't played for fun but for the highest stakes of all.life and death.
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by Laurie R. King
"The latest in King's acclaimed series about an older Sherlock Holmes and his young, superbly talented wife, Mary Russell, takes us to India. Disguised as a wandering magician and assistant, Holmes and Russell search for English spy Kimball O'Hara--Rudyard Kipling's Kim--who has gone missing and is feared killed. The hint of gravel in Sterlin's crisp English voice perfectly matches Mary Russell's bristly independent narrative voice, which dominates this enjoyable tale. Sterlin also offers a wonderfully considered Holmes who is straight from Conan Doyle's description--smooth with an upper-class, slightly nasal hint of emotional distance. In addition, Sterlin has fun with a range of Indian accents from prince to beggar. And her pacing is superb; it enlivens the text without dominating it. A.C.S. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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