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'The Fifth Heart' by Dan Simmons: EW review

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The Fifth Heart

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Dan Simmons
publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
genre:
Novel

We gave it a B+

It’s a team-up you definitely never would have expected: Sherlock Holmes and Henry James. As strange as that pairing may sound, Simmons makes it work in this Victorian-era murder mystery. He combines the central dynamic of Conan Doyle’s original Holmes stories—two opposite personalities working together to solve a crime—with the effusive prose and upper-class pageantry of a James novel. Though there are a few too many historical figures (Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, and even Grover Cleveland!), as well as some heavy-handed exploration of the relationship between authors and fictional characters, this remains an engrossing literary mash-up. B+