A continuation of the adventures of Mycroft Holmes from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse’s 2015 novel, which focused on the older, smarter brother of the world’s most famous detective. Now their new novel will bring Sherlock Holmes into the mix in a pivotal role, enabling Abdul Jabbar and Waterhouse to explore the brothers’ complex relationship in their first team-up. Additionally, through the involvement of Cyrus Douglas, Mycroft’s closest friend and a man with Trinidadian roots, the novel will further explore the challenges and biases faced by a man of African descent in the late nineteenth century.
It is 1872, and a series of gruesome murders is the talk of London. Mycroft Holmes—now twenty-six and a force to be reckoned with at the War Office—has no interest in the killings; however his brother Sherlock has developed a distasteful fascination for the macabre to the detriment of his studies, much to Mycroft’s frustration.
When a ship carrying cargo belonging to Mycroft’s best friend Cyrus Douglas runs aground, Mycroft persuades Sherlock to serve as a tutor at the orphanage that Douglas runs as a charity, so that Douglas might travel to see what can be salvaged. Sherlock finds himself at home among the street urchins, and when a boy dies of a suspected drug overdose, he decides to investigate, following a trail of strange subterranean symbols to the squalid opium dens of the London docks. Meanwhile a meeting with a beautiful Chinese woman leads Mycroft to the very same mystery, one that forces him to examine the underbelly of the opium trade that is enriching his beloved Britain’s coffers.
As the stakes rise, the brothers find that they need one another’s assistance and counsel. But a lifetime of keeping secrets from each other may have catastrophic consequences...
“Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse have created a smart origin story for Mycroft that slots neatly onto the shelves next to the original canon.” ⎯ Los Angeles Times on Mycroft Holmes
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Sherlock Holmes
An English and history major graduate of UCLA, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar first encountered Sherlock Holmes through the classic movies starring Basil Rathbone, although he admits that Jeremy Brett is still his favorite Holmes. It was during his rookie year in the NBA that he read the Arthur Conan Doyle stories, crediting them with making him a better player. “I was fascinated by Holmes’s ability to see clues where other people saw nothing. Certainly there had to be a way to apply his skill in a practical way to help give me an edge.”
It wasn’t until Kareem read Enter the Lion: A Posthumous Memoir of Mycroft Holmes, that he became intrigued with Sherlock’s older brother Mycroft, he notes. “I realized more could be done with this ‘older, smarter’ character and his window onto the highest levels of British government – at a time when Britain was the most powerful country in the world.”
About the authors
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Holmesian—7'2", NBA’s all-time leading scorer, six-time MVP, Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom as well as a New York Times bestselling author, and a regular contributor to The Guardian and the Hollywood Reporter. He has written fifteen books, including children’s stories, three autobiographies, several historical works, and essays. His recent titles are Becoming Kareem (2017) and Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court (2016). His first novel, Mycroft Holmes starring Sherlock Holmes’ less well known but more talented older brother, was published in 2015 (Titan Books).
Anna Waterhouse is a professional screenwriter and script consultant. She was supervising producer and co-writer (with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) of the critically acclaimed On the Shoulders of Giants (Netflix and Showtime), which won Best Documentary NAACP Image Award and two Telly awards. She is currently at work on a limited television series with writer Robert Towne and director Mel Gibson, and has taught screenwriting at both Chapman University in Orange, CA, and at the University of Southern California.