Winner of the Lambda Award
King’s two series had already been drawing closer together in Locked Rooms (2005), which sent Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell to San Francisco. Now, Detective Kate Martinelli, SFPD (Night Work, 2000, etc.) meets Holmes, or at least a bunch of Holmesians….
“Unimpressed by the shadow of Holmes and originally skeptical about the manuscript [owned by the victim, Philip Gilbert], Kate changes her mind when she reads it. The embedded adventure, nearly 100 pages long, recounts the arrival of ‘Mr. Sigerson’ (one of Holmes’s trademark pseudonyms) in San Francisco; his commission by a transvestite chanteuse to find her, or his, missing swain; and his discovery of the young man’s body in the exact place Gilbert’s own corpse would turn up 80 years later.” (from the Kirkus review)