Revenge Of Moriarty

ISBN: 0425050920
ISBN 13: 9780425050927
By: John Gardner

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With riches accumulated from an American crime spree, Professor Moriarty proceeds to annihilate his enemies. He murders the leaders of Europe's underworld one by one and prepares his most hideous revenge for his arch-enemy. Will he destroy Sherlock Holmes by cutting off his cocaine supply?

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Erik Moloney

With riches accumulated from an American crime spree, Professor Moriarty proceeds to annihilate his enemies. He murders the leaders of Europe's underworld one by one, then prepares his most hideous revenge for his arch-enemy, Sherlock Holmes. Will he succeed in this most terrible plan?


The Revenge of Moriarty: Sherlock Holmes' Nemesis Lives Again by John Gardner is a re-release by Open Road Media/Pegasus books. I recieved a digital copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley. I believe this book was originally published in 1975. As the title states, Moriarty is alive and well and back in London. Detective Crow and Sherlock Holmes are on the villian's list of people he seeks to destroy. As always the professor is diabolical and cunning. He hatches a complicated plan to take over as the leader of underworld crime in Europe as well as getting rid of his enemies. Each member of his gang that had branched out on his own while Moriarty was away is taught a valuable lesson as to who is really the one in charge. But, when it comes to besting Crow and Holmes, Moriarty may have met his match.The author writes this book as if it were actual events and not a novel. This is a unique approach and I felt like at times I was reading a true crime novel set back in the 1800's.I thought this was a clever way of telling the story.I have to admit though that I struggled to keep up with all the characters. Moriarty has quite an entourage and used other people to help him carry out his schemes. I also found myself a little bored at first. But, if you continue on with the book, the action picks up and through the last half of the book I was a lot more engaged.This was an interesting read if nothing else. I would recommend this book to fans of Sherlock Holmes and mystery lovers that enjoy old school detective stories. Overall I would give this one a C+.Thanks again to the publishers and Netgalley for the oppportunity to read and review this book.2`1

Jim Richards

... less a follow-up treatise on the Evil One (for which I felt compelled to spend almost a month in the sun and fresh water in order to rid myself of his odious presence before wandering past the curtain one more time) than a reweaving back into the Holmes reality ... and Holmes doesn't come off as "shiny" here, either (this being the "dark side", once again) ... Gardner returned to display their worlds in his typically unflinching way ....... I don't recommend this as enjoyment ... both works are examinations of things most readers would rather deny existence ....

Akshay Chandrashekaran

For some reason,this book doesn't appeal to me as much as the originals by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I grant you that the premise of the story is exciting, and that Moriarty was not covered well enough by Sir Doyle in the originals.Despite that, due to Gardner's style of writing, the book seems to fall flat on its face at some points.He fails to convey the sheer menace of Moriarty the way Sir Doyle did. Maybe this is because of the fact that the book also humanizes Moriarty, causing him to lose some of his menacing aura.A bit more visceral, going deeper into the psyche of Moriarty..


John E. Gardner's take on Sherlock Holmes' evil nemesis was clever and entertaining. Moriarty is a character that almost becomes one that the reader can feel some empathy towards. In this book though it seems that the character that creates the most empathy is none other than Inspector Crow. No character goes through as much as Crow. One wants to save him from his social climbing wife. He seems that might actually live a happier life with Harriet! But in truth Sylvia herself was once like Harriet before they became a married couple.The efforts of Moriarty to gain his place back not only in London, but more importantly as leader of the continental evil empire are engaging and carry the reader through to the end.The climactic section with Holmes in Moriarty guise and vice versa, Moriarty as Holmes is almost hilarious and only needs a bit more description to cause it to be the highlight of the novel.A great deal of fun for Sherlock Holmes fans, especially knowing that it is part of a trilogy all related to Professor Moriarty.

Wayne McCoy

Originally published in 1975, this book is being re-issued to a new audience of Sherlock fans. The story revolves around Professor Moriarty's attempts to plot and gain revenge on not only Sherlock Holmes, but also some rival criminal masterminds.Passed off as journals from Moriarty, these stories fit into Holmes canon. The details and writing style are similar to Arthur Conan Doyle, and the characters are larger than life. In this book, Moriarty sets out to prove himself superior to his rivals through a series of cleverly designed ploys and traps. Assisting Holmes is a Scotland Yard inspector named Crow, who also falls afoul of Moriarty. Assisting Moriarty is a whole house full of criminals and assistants.This is the second book in a trilogy written by the late John Gardner, and while there are references to the previous work, it seems to stand on it's own. It's all a clever romp that's great fun, with lots of twisting and turning. Recommended for fans of Sherlock Holmes.

Eileen Dilbeck

Moriarty takes revenge on those criminal kingpins who kicked him out, believing he couldn't succeed against Holmes. After getting revenge on them and out maneuvering current inspector Angus Crow, Moriarty uses Irene Adler and focuses on discrediting Holmes.


Fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes canon often wish Doyle had more fully exploited the character of arch- villain Professor Moriarty, who appears only in "The Final Problem." With The Return of Moriarty, which begins at roughly the same point in time as Doyle's "The Adventure of the Empty House," and this sequel (which I actually read first), Gardner attempts to rectify that neglect, creating a "true" version of the Reichenbach Falls confrontation that allows both men to survive it.If it were possible to give three and a half star ratings here, I would have done so for both these books. These are clearly among the best researched Sherlock Holmes pastiches ever written; Gardner immersed himself both in the actual history and material culture of the 1890s background and in the Holmes canon, and makes his setting vividly real, with a wealth of detail. He also takes pains to make his detailed chronology not only historically accurate (down to what day of the week particular days fell on!), but consistent with the chronology of Holmes' activities as depicted in Doyle's own works. In this volume, he also becomes one of the few writers of Holmes pastiches to take on the most problematic aspect of Doyles' own portrayal of the great detective --his occasional cocaine use (which in Doyle's day was not illegal nor recognized as the dangerous addiction that it is, though Watson always protests the practice). Gardner does not treat this theme as humorous and cute (unlike some modern film makers), rather, he faces the health consequences soberly and realistically, and makes good use of the motif in his plot. The quality of the writing here often creates a great deal of suspense and tension even though the reader knows or suspects the general outcome; and the characters are well-drawn and in some cases evoke a strongly sympathetic reaction.Although Moriarty is the main character here, however, he is not glorified or portrayed positively; Gardner has a solid ethical compass, and he never loses sight of the fact of his protagonist is evil. Both the author and the reader root, not for Moriarty, but for Holmes and his ally, Scotland Yard Inspector Angus Crow. And like Doyle, Gardner largely avoids profanity and explicit sex --though the reader should be warned that his treatment of sexual matters in the underworld of that day (Victorian London alone had about 100,000 prostitutes) is much franker than Doyle's, and Crow's morals leave a lot to be desired as well. However, the focus on Moriarty tends, by the time the reader has finished both volumes, to generate a sensation of too much, or too close and too claustrophobic, an exposure to evil --you come away wanting a change of pace, and fresh air. But that would be my only serious criticism of the two books.


The Revenge of Moriarty (a republication of Gardner's 1981 novel, back in print after 40 years) this offering from Net Galley was a genuine pleasure. I love Gardner's Grendel, the Beowulf myth from Grendel's pov, and always used it when I taught Beowulf.Years ago, I read The Return of Moriarty by Gardner, but it has been so long that all I can remember are Inspector Crow and his wife (aside from Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes). I will have to seek this one out again as it precedes The Revenge.If you are a fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories (and/or of all of the succeeding pastiche versions by modern authors), you will find The Revenge of Moriarty a joy.In this novel, we have Moriarty's version of his relationship with Holmes and of his criminal enterprises. The villain gains depth as Gardner presents his side of events and his planned revenge, but Gardner never permits Moriarty to become a sympathetic character. :) Drawn from Moriarty's coded journals, much of the narrative presents the cunning plans of the arch-nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. Gardner also includes information gained from descendants of one of Moriarty's henchman and from one of Inspector Crow's descendants. The tongue-in-cheek introduction by Gardner makes the source of the materials clear.Altogether a fascinating narrative that makes great use of what Holmes (or Watson) has said about Professor Moriarty, and when the accounts differ, there is an explanation.Highly recommended for fans of Sherlock!


There were meant to be three of these Gardner Moriarty books. To my sorrow, he stopped at two. I do not know why.


I'll admit, this volume was better than 'The Return of Moriarty', but, in my opinion, still only worthy of 2-stars. The book was VERY slow in developing, and, in the end, I didn't feel like much happened or there was any great revaluation. Also, personal pet-peeve here, but Conan-Doyle's Holmes couldn't, or wouldn't be as easily bested by Moriarty, nor would Irene Adler; it was too difficult to believe her reaction to 'Holmes' new found affections. Finally, the costume aspect is just ridiculous, and where the story really falls apart. I wish there were some better Moriarty-Holmes stories out there.



The Revenge of Moriarty: Sherlock Holmes' Nemesis Lives Again by, John E. Gardner, Narrated by, Robin SachsReceived from Audiobookjukebox & AudioGo11 hours 56 minutesI am a Holmes fan but I maybe shouldn’t have read this one so close to finishing Lyndsay Faye’s Dust & Shadow because this one just didn’t measure up. Also I am a huge fan of narrator Robin Sachs I requested this book because I thought it was told by Moriarty (and it is at times but not enough) because as I said after Faye’s book Simon Vance is my audiobook Sherlock Holmes. As much as I love Robin Sachs I don’t feel this was one of his best narrations at times he sounded a bit bored and that made me feel bored, at other times his characterizations were fantastic I would get excited and sit up and pay attention with some of the characters but at other times it lulled me and made me wonder if I was even listening. Towards the end of the book when there were some different characters is when Robin Sachs shined on this audio and I think the feeling of boredom came from the text and maybe Robin was just as bored as I was. This book is no way diminishes my fangirl love for Robin Sachs.I did not realize this was a second book in the series however this one is a decent stand alone, but there were times he would mention something about what happened in the last book and leave me wondering what all I did miss. So I would recommend starting with the first one. This story was ok it just didn’t really ever grab me but I did feel like it does fit in the Sherlock Canon, because let’s face it not all of Doyle’s Holmes stories are completely riveting either. This is a hard review to write because I liked this book and didn’t like it at the same time and I am trying to put my finger on what it was I didn’t like and maybe it is the fact that it is the middle book in a trilogy and I hadn’t read the first one so this was anti-climatic for me and maybe if I go back and listen to the first and third maybe I would get a fuller story. I was hoping this story was told fully from Moriarty’s point of view and thought I’d learn more about Moriarty there were a few things *no spoilers* that made me want to finish this entire series hoping those questions would be answered. However I am just not sure I like Gardner’s writing style there were times this book dragged and then would pick up only to drag again, I guess that was my main problem the story was not consistent it was very up and down and not in a good way.I’d say if you are a Holmes fan no matter what you will like this book but I would highly recommend starting with book one and that these books need to be better identified as a trilogy (assuming it’s just three) but I see that not audible or goodreads lists these as a series which I will have to see if I can remedy at least on GR maybe will send a message to audible because I think these need to be read in the correct order.3 Stars

Drennan Spitzer

Recently back in print, John Gardner's The Revenge of Moriarty tells the story of the infamous Professor Moriarty, arch nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. Set against the backdrop of Conan Doyle's London, this is the narrative of Moriarty's attempt to undo Holmes sometime after the incident at Reichenback Falls, narrated in Conan Doyle's "The Final Problem." Although this novel may be appreciated by the Holmes aficionado, Gardner's development of the novel leaves something to be desired.This book follows Gardner's The Return of Moriarty, although it can certainly be read as a stand alone novel. Gardner (not to be confused with John Gardner, the famed author of Grendel) treats Holmes as though he were a historical character, rather than a fictional one, with a life outside of Conan Doyle's / Watson's narrative. This approach is appealing and gives the novel a feeling of historical accuracy, even though we know it's fiction. Additionally, Gardner gives Holmes fans an opportunity to revisit what we already know, or think we know, about Holmes.Gardner, also known for authoring the franchise of James Bond novels after the death of Ian Fleming, knows how to write a thriller. However, his character development and sense of place and time period are weak. Moriarty is one of the best known villains in English literature, and certainly he warrants more exploration than Gardner gives him. Moriarty's minions seem interchangeable, and it's difficult to keep straight which is which. If Gardner is simply after something in the vein of a spy thriller, then this works. It simply seems a shame that so much potential for character development remains untapped. Moriarty would be an ideal psychological case study; instead, we get a narrative of his exploits as he seeks to undo his enemies.Similarly, the setting of this novel is rife for exploration, yet Gardner simply doesn't give it to us. This is the perfect opportunity to really show the gritty, criminal underworld that Conan Doyle only hints at. Gardner doesn't do this. There are numerous references to embezzling, breaking safes, even prostitution; yet we never really get a sense of what this subculture is really like.Gardner's novel works as a fast-paced thriller. And yet, it feels like something of a missed opportunity. Maybe I'm expecting too much here. I wanted to explore Moriarty as a character--that just didn't happen.NOTE: The review originally posted at Speaking of Books, a site devoted to book reviews and discussions of literature and culture. Visit us at www.drennanspitzer.comNOTE: A review copy was provided by the publisher. No monetary or other compensation was received.

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