The confessions of Mycroft Holmes: a paper chase

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers, 2001 - Fiction - 216 pages
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Damien March hadn't thought of his eccentric uncle for almost twenty years until he received a telegram: Patrick dead. Father. Damien, a journalist for the BBC in London, is even more shocked to learn that he has inherited his uncle's ramshackle house on Ionia, an isolated island off the coast of Cape Cod. Damien's step into a new future means moving circuitously into his family's past. He uncovers letters and writings-scattered clues that shed light on Patrick's solitary life. When he discovers a fragment of an unpublished novel, The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes, the stakes in this paper chase are suddenly higher. Mycroft Holmes, the older brother of Sherlock, is one of literature's most intriguing absences. A neglected genius who lived in obscurity, he bears a striking resemblance to Patrick himself. The parallels quickly grow more disconcerting, and a sinister tale of murder and deception takes on new meaning. Soon Damien finds himself revealing dark and unsettling truths that shatter his most fundamental assumptions.

Written with warmth and distinctive humor, The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes is at once an engaging mystery and an illuminating story about family secrets and identity.

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Review: The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes

User Review  - Shelby - Goodreads

It didn't get really interesting until the last 60 pages. The story seemed very disjointed, and I was not expecting the switch over in story lines. Read full review

Review: The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes

User Review  - Sandy Jones - Goodreads

I really liked the book until the very end. It just ended and the big surprise wasn't that much of a surprise plus it wasn't laid out very clearly. It ended too abruptly. Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (2001)

Marcel Theroux was born in Kampala, Uganda, in 1968. He studied English at Cambridge and international relations at Yale. He worked in television news in Boston and New York, and now lives in London.

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