Saturday, January 10, 2015

Not Necessarily a Slam Dunk

What does a famous 7-foot-2 professional basketball player do for an encore after he retires? Well, if you’re Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the answer is that you pen (with screenwriter Anna Waterhouse) a novel about Sherlock Holmes’ sibling, Mycroft. From The New York Times:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s first novel, “Mycroft Holmes,” which stars Sherlock Holmes’ brainy older brother, will be published this fall by Titan Books.

Set in England and Trinidad, the story centers on Mycroft, a recent university graduate working for the British Secretary of State for War. Mycroft learns from his best friend of troubling events occurring in Trinidad--mysterious disappearances, dead children and strange, backward facing footprints in the sand. Mycroft goes to Trinidad to investigate and to follow his fiancée, Georgiana, who was raised on the island. Sherlock has a cameo as a King’s College student.
Crime Fiction Lover quotes Abdul-Jabbar’s editor, Steve Saffel, as saying: “Kareem’s insights into Mycroft’s character, his focus on the historical aspects of the novel, and his passion for writing impressed me from the start. This will be a unique addition to the Holmes universe, surprising and engaging the readers.”

We can only hope for the best.

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