The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes: A Paper Chase

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Harcourt, 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 When he discovers a fragment of an unpublished novel, The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes, the stakes in this paper chase are suddenly higher.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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The confessions of Mycroft Holmes: a paper chase

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Damien March works for the BBC in London on the night shift. His work is not very challenging, but he has no aspirations to change it. When he receives a telegram from his father, telling him that his ... Read full review

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I stuck with it because I LOVE the idea that someone wrote something related to Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's little known older brother. Unfortunately the writing belabors the details, takes too long to come to the point, and lacks a moving plot. Read full review

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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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