A Study in Crimson: Sherlock Holmes 1942 by Robert J. Harris (Pegasus – June 1, 2021) is a new, thrilling adventure inspired by the classic film series starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce (Universal Pictures), that brought Sherlock Holmes into the 1940s.
Transporting Sherlock Holmes into the dark days of World War II, this imaginative new thriller confronts the world’s greatest detective with a killer emulating the murders of Jack the Ripper.
London, 1942. A killer going by the name of “Crimson Jack” is stalking the wartime streets of London, murdering women on the exact dates of the infamous Jack the Ripper killings of 1888. Has the Ripper somehow returned from the grave? Is the self-styled Crimson Jack a descendant of the original Jack—or merely a madman obsessed with those notorious killings?
In desperation Scotland Yard turn to Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest detective. Surely he is the one man who can sift fact from legend to track down Crimson Jack before he completes his tally of death. As Holmes and the faithful Watson tread the blacked out streets of London, death waits just around the corner.
About the Author
Robert J. Harris was born in Scotland and studied at the University of St Andrews where he graduated with first class honors. He is the designer of the bestselling fantasy board game Talisman. His first novel, The Thirty-One Kings—inspired by the classic John Buchan thriller The Thirty-One Steps—was acclaimed by critics and readers alike. Robert lives in St Andrews, Scotland.
Praise Robert J. Harris’s The Thirty-One Kings:
“Riveting. Daring measures and hairbreadth escapes are the rule in this first-person chronicle. The can-do spirit of Mr. Harris’s book evokes a time when it seemed the fate of the world might hinge on the acts of a handful of brave souls. The Thirty-One Kings is old-fashioned in many ways which is what makes it such a reassuring pleasure to read.” ― The Wall Street Journal
“A little bit of James Bond, a smattering of Indiana Jones, and perhaps even a bit of Buckaroo Bonzai. Clever, well-plotted, and big fun.” ― BookPage
“The plot whips along, embellished by dogfights, perilous car journeys, personal vendettas, and plenty of derring-do, plus a whiff of enjoyable parody to lend an edge. I was beguiled.” ― The Daily Mail (London)
“Harris does a fine job integrating characters from Buchan’s works, imagining the way they might have aged and grown. The plotline is as one would imagine the next Hannay story might have been, had Buchan written it. Harris knows his history, and he knows his Buchan. This is a fine, fast, exciting read. Recommended.” – Historical Novels Review
“A loving tribute to Buchan and thoroughly good fun.” – Allan Massie, bestselling author of ‘The Royal Stuarts’
Advance Praise for A Study in Crimson
“Besides providing the duo with a worthy challenge, Harris makes his Watson an intelligent and competent sidekick. Both the strong characterization and plot bode well for a sequel.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Harris successfully captures Holmes’ brilliance, talent, and arrogance, as well as Watson’s dogged devotion to Holmes and the atmosphere in London during the dark days of war. The case he has imagined for Holmes to solve is both thoroughly challenging and pleasingly multilayered.”