The Fifth Heart: A Novel

Paperback | December 8, 2015

byDan Simmons

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In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams--member of the Adams family that has given the United States two Presidents. Clover's suicide appears to be more than it at first seemed; the suspected foul play may involve matters of national importance.

Holmes is currently on his Great Hiatus--his three-year absence after Reichenbach Falls during which time the people of London believe him to be deceased. Holmes has faked his own death because, through his powers of ratiocination, the great detective has come to the conclusion that he is a fictional character.

This leads to serious complications for James--for if his esteemed fellow investigator is merely a work of fiction, what does that makehim?And what can the master storyteller do to fight against the sinister power -- possibly named Moriarty -- that may or may not be controlling them from the shadows?

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In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams--member of the Adams family that has given the United States two Presidents. Clover's suicide appears to be more than it at first seemed; the suspected foul play may involv...

Dan Simmons is the author of several award-winning and bestselling novels. His most recent books includeThe Terror,Drood,Black Hills,Flashback, andThe Abominable. He lives in Colorado.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 8.38 × 5.62 × 1 inPublished:December 8, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031619879X

ISBN - 13:9780316198790

Customer Reviews of The Fifth Heart: A Novel

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Simmons! I was intrigued when I learned that Dan Simmons, an author I've enjoyed in the past, was writing a Sherlock Holmes book. Simmons earns points for getting the tone of the Holmes character right. This was important to me because I feel that Sherlock has a particular personality that makes his mysteries unique and fun. The seemingly simple case that Sherlock tackles in the book is a classic Sherlock tale, even if it takes a backseat to a larger scale investigation for parts of the book. However, he loses points for the meandering plot and the ham-fisted historical details. At one point, when Sherlock exclaims that "it was the typewriter of Samuel Clemens", my immediate response was " who's that? He's probably some American historical figure that I don't know anything about." Turns out it was Mark Twain. This and several other references were lost on me, someone who lacks any knowledge of American history. There's also a chapter that seems to criticize the use of multiple viewpoints in popular novel these days. It was too self-referential for my taste and comes off more 'stuck up' than clever to me.
Date published: 2016-12-24