Saturday, August 8, 2009

The original Houdini meets Holmes adventure returns

First published in 1981, The Pandora Plague by Lee A. Matthias was one of the first books to team Houdini and Sherlock Holmes in a fictional adventure.* Now author Lee A. Matthias and BookSurge have published a newly revised, expanded and annotated edition of this long out-of-print novel.

London, 1902: The theft of an unusual pocket-watch brings famed magician, Harry Houdini, together with the world's foremost consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. When it leads to the appearance of a mysterious locked strong-box, it becomes a case that rocks the British Empire to its core. 
When the magician is blackmailed in order to best the box's lock, Holmes and his ally, Dr. John Watson, expose a plot against the crown, itself. Only Holmes's immense intellect, combined with the "Official" resources of his equally brilliant brother, Mycroft Holmes, can penetrate the mystery in time. 
In the tradition of Nicholas Meyer's "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution," and "The West End Horror," author Lee A. Matthias recreates Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's magnificent style and characters in "The Pandora Plague," a rip roaring adventure full of magic, mystery, and murder.

There is also an official Pandora Plague website with background on how the book came to be.

*The very first appears to have been a 1908 German dime novel called Auf den spuren Houdinis ("On the Trail of Houdini").

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