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A very fine Advance Reading Copy with a full number line down to "1" but with all of the normal inclusions with an ARC. VERY UNUSUAL SIGNATURE BY LAURIE KING ON THE TITLE PAGE. Normal signature PLUS A CORRECTION IN AUTHORS HAND - FROM A KATE MARTINELLI (BRACKETS AROUND KATE'S NAME) AND MARY RUSSELL'S NAME PRINTED IN. There had been a publication error in the names of the heroines that was corrected by the author at the time of signing. N° de ref. de la librería
Sinopsis: With her bestselling mystery series featuring Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell, Laurie R. King has created "lively adventure in the very best of intellectual company," according to The New York Times Book Review. Now the author of The Beekeeper's Apprentice and The Moor--the first writer since Patricia Cornwell to win both the American Edgar and British Creasey Awards for a debut novel ( A Grave Talent)--unfolds a hitherto unknown chapter in the history of Russell's apprenticeship to the great detective.
At the close of the year 1918, forced to flee England's green and pleasant land, Russell and Holmes enter British-occupied Palestine under the auspices of Holmes' enigmatic brother, Mycroft.
"Gentlemen, we are at your service." Thus Holmes greets the two travel-grimed Arab figures who receive them in the orange groves fringing the Holy Land. Whatever role could the volatile Ali and the taciturn Mahmoud play in Mycroft's design for this land the British so recently wrested from the Turks? After passing a series of tests, Holmes and Russell learn their guides are engaged in a mission for His Majesty's Government, and disguise themselves as Bedouins--Russell as the beardless youth "Amir"--to join them in a stealthy reconnaissance through the dusty countryside.
A recent rash of murders seems unrelated to the growing tensions between Jew, Moslem, and Christian, yet Holmes is adamant that he must reconstruct the most recent one in the desert gully where it occurred. His singular findings will lead him and Russell through labyrinthine bazaars, verminous inns, cliff-hung monasteries--and into mortal danger. When her mentor's inquiries jeopardize his life, Russell fearlessly wields a pistol and even assays the arts of seduction to save him. Bruised and bloodied, the pair ascend to the jewellike city of Jerusalem, where they will at last meet their adversary, whose lust for savagery and power could reduce the city's most ancient and sacred place to rubble and ignite this tinderbox of a land....
Classically Holmesian yet enchantingly fresh, sinuously plotted, with colorful characters and a dazzling historic ambience, O Jerusalem sweeps readers ever onward in the thrill of the chase.
Críticas: Although O Jerusalem is Laurie King's fifth book in her Holmes-Russell series, it actually takes us back to the era of her first book, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Perhaps King was afraid that her characters, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, were becoming too cozy as an old married couple, and she wanted to recreate the edgy sexual tension of their first encounter.
It's 1918. Nineteen-year-old Mary and her fiftysomething mentor are forced to flee England to escape a deadly adversary. Sherlock's well-connected brother Mycroft sends them to Palestine to do some international sleuthing. Here, a series of murders threatens the fragile peace.
Laurie King connects us, through details of language, custom, history, and sensual impressions, to this very alien environment. Russell, Holmes, and two marvelously imagined Arab guides named Mahmoud and Ali trek through the desert and visit ancient monasteries clinging like anthills to cliffs. They also find time to take tea with the British military legend Allenby in Haifa and skulk through or under the streets of Jerusalem. King puts us into each scene so quickly and completely that her narrative flow never falters.
Stepping back in time also gives King a chance to show us Holmes through the eyes of a Russell not yet as full of love as a honeymooner, nor as complacent as a comfortable wife. "There it was--sardonic, superior, infuriating," Mary says about Holmes's voice at one point.
Wisdom is knowing when, and how much, to shake things up--even in a successful series. Laurie King is a wise woman indeed. --Dick Adler
Título: O Jerusalem [SIGNED]
Editorial: Bantam Books
Año de publicación: 1999
Encuadernación: Soft cover
Condición del libro: Fine
Edición: 1st Edition
Descripción Bantam. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Nº de ref. de la librería 2683618874
Descripción Bantam. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Nº de ref. de la librería 2685814200
Descripción Bantam. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Nº de ref. de la librería 2696370650
Descripción Bantam, 1999. Estado de conservación: Fair. First Edition. N/A. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP9639796
Descripción Bantam, 1999. Estado de conservación: Good. First Edition. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP86550881
Descripción Bantam, 1999. Estado de conservación: Good. First Edition. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP2505767
Descripción Bantam, 1999. Estado de conservación: Very Good. First Edition. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP88835635
Descripción Bantam. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fair. Nº de ref. de la librería G0553110934I5N00
Descripción Bantam. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fair. Dust Cover Missing. Nº de ref. de la librería G0553110934I5N01
Descripción Bantam. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Dust Cover Missing. This book has a light amount of wear to the pages, cover and binding. Nº de ref. de la librería G0553110934I3N01