The fifth heart / Dan Simmons.

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      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: While in America to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James find themselves involved in matters of national importance possibly orchestrated by Moriarty.
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      Summary: "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 make him? 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?"-- Provided by publisher.
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      9780316198820 (hbk.)
      031619882X (hbk.)
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      SIMMONS, D. The fifth heart. [s.l.] : Little, Brown and Company, 2015. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 15 jun. 2019.
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      Simmons, Dan. 2015. The Fifth Heart. Little, Brown and Company.
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Booklist Reviews 2015 February #1

*Starred Review* Like several of Simmons' earlier novels, including The Abominable (2013) and Drood (2009), his latest is a riveting mixture of historical fact and fiction. The year is 1893. Henry James and Sherlock Holmes travel together to America to solve the mystery surrounding the death of socialite Clover Adams (whom, some say, James would later use as his inspiration for his novels Daisy Miller and The Portrait of a Lady). It's an unlikely pairing: the two men are quite different temperamentally. James is convinced Clover killed herself, while Holmes seems equally convinced it was murder. Oh, and there's a very good chance Holmes isn't Holmes at all but rather a fictional character adopted as a persona by the Norwegian explorer Jan Sigerson. Simmons has a lot of fun with the whole "Is Holmes real?" question, and fans of Conan Doyle's stories (some readers might remember that "Sigerson" was one of the great detective's assumed names) should have a great time. But the book isn't just for Holmes' fans—it's a solidly constructed, beautifully told mystery; a portrait of one of the nineteenth century's most important writers; and an intriguing blend of fact and fantasy. Fans of Simmons' special brand of historical metafiction should seek this one out. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2014 October #2

In 1893, eight years after the suicide of Clover Adams, wife of renowned historian Henry Adams, Sherlock Holmes joins Henry James to investigate what's starting to look more like murder with national security implications. Never mind that Holmes is supposed to be dead and also a fictional character, which has James worried. Recalling Simmons's dramatic Drood, just optioned for film; a 40,000-copy first printing and a five-city tour.

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LJ Reviews 2015 February #2

Following the path laid out in Drood, Simmons brings two literary luminaries together to solve a fictional puzzle. In this case, it's Henry James and Sherlock Holmes, with Holmes acting as James's companionable foil. The DC-set mystery involves the supposed suicide of Clover Adams, wife of historian Henry Adams and good friend to James. Clover's brother, refusing to believe this was his sister's final act, has hired Holmes to investigate. Holmes must rely on James to bring him into the inner circle of Washington's political and literary elite, and their captious banter provides much of the book's amusement. Too often, however, the story strays from the central mystery with excessive historical detail and a revolving door of intriguing but peripheral notables. The most tedious device belongs to Holmes, though, who, despite eating, sleeping, and physically interacting with everyone mentioned, isn't sure whether he is a real person or a fictional character. VERDICT Simmons enthusiasts will take the journey; others may find the various conceits too frustrating.[See Prepub Alert, 9/22/14; five-city tour.]—Liza Oldham, Beverly, MA

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PW Reviews 2015 January #3

In Paris in 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James join forces in this outstanding novel from Simmons, who has concocted something far from the usual pastiche, with a historical figure standing in for Dr. Watson. James, the distinguished American author, is about to kill himself by plunging into the Seine, overcome by crippling depression. Just before stepping off le pont Neuf, he notices a man with an aquiline profile standing nearby; he quickly ascertains that the man is actually Holmes, believed to have perished with Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls two years earlier. James is shocked to learn that Holmes was himself on the verge of taking his own life—because the detective has discovered that he's merely a "literary construct." His evidence? The same inconsistencies in the original Conan Doyle stories that have provided fodder for Sherlockians for a century. This chance meeting dissuades both men from committing suicide, and they resolve to travel to America and investigate the purported suicide of diplomat Henry Adams's wife, Clover, in 1885. Simmons (Drood) knows the Holmes canon and uses that expertise in the service of a highly original reimagining of the beloved sleuth. Five-city author tour. Agent: Richard Curtis, Richard Curtis Associates. (Mar.)

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