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Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes are back in Laurie R. King’s highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling mystery series. And this time the first couple of detection pair up to unlock the buried memory of a shocking crime with the power to kill again–lost somewhere in Russell’s own past.

After departing Bombay by ship, Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes are en route to the bustling modern city of San Francisco. There, Mary will settle some legal affairs surrounding the inheritance of her family’s old estate. But the closer they get to port, the more Mary finds herself prey to troubling dreams and irrational behavior–a point not lost on Holmes, much to Russell’s annoyance.

In 1906, when Mary was six, San Francisco was devastated by an earthquake and a raging fire that reduced the city to rubble. For years, Mary has denied any memory of the catastrophe that for days turned the fabled streets into hell on earth. But Holmes suspects that some hidden trauma connected with the “unforgettable” catastrophe may be the real culprit responsible for Mary’s memory lapse. And no sooner do they begin to familiarize themselves with the particulars of the Russell estate than it becomes apparent that whatever unpleasantness Mary has forgotten, it hasn’t forgotten her. Why does her father’s will forbid access to the house except in the presence of immediate family? Why did someone break in, then take nothing of any value? And why is Russell herself targeted for assassination?

The more questions they ask of Mary’s past, the more people from that past turn out to have died violent, unexplained deaths. Now, with the aid of a hard-boiled young detective and crime writer named Hammett, Russell and Holmes find themselves embroiled in a mystery that leads them through the winding streets of Chinatown to the unspoken secrets of a parent’s marriage and the tragic car “accident” that a fourteen-year-old Mary alone survived–an accident that may not have been an accident at all. What Russell is about to discover is that even a forgotten past never dies…and it can kill again.

Baker & Taylor
Returning to her former home of San Francisco in 1924, Mary Russell and her husband, eminent detective Sherlock Holmes, are confronted by dark secrets of the past that continue to haunt Mary's dreams and by a mysterious stranger who could hold the key to unraveling the puzzle that has been tormenting her. 65,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
After departing Bombay by ship, Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes are en route to the bustling modern city of San Francisco. There, Mary will settle some legal affairs surrounding the inheritance of her family's old estate. But the closer they get to port, the more Mary finds herself prey to troubling dreams and irrational behavior - a point not lost on Holmes, much to Russell's annoyance.
In 1906, when Mary was six, San Francisco was devastated by an earthquake and a raging fire that reduced the city to rubble. For years, Mary has denied any memory of the catastrophe that for days turned the fabled streets into hell on earth. But Holmes suspects that some hidden trauma connected with the "unforgettable" catastrophe may be the real culprit responsible for Mary's memory lapse. And no sooner do they begin to familiarize themselves with the particulars of the Russell estate than it becomes apparent that whatever unpleasantness Mary has forgotten, it hasn't forgotten her. Why does her father's will forbid access to the house except in the presence of immediate family? Why did someone break in, then take nothing of any value? And why is Russell herself targeted for assassination?
The more questions they ask of Mary's past, the more people from that past turn out to have died violent, unexplained deaths. Now, with the aid of a hard-boiled young detective and crime writer named Hammett, Russell and Holmes find themselves embroiled in a mystery that leads them through the winding streets of Chinatown to the unspoken secrets of a parent's marriage and the tragic car "accident" that a fourteen-year-old Mary alone survived - an accident that may not have been an accident at all. What Russell is about to discover is that even a forgotten past never dies ... and it can kill again.

Baker
& Taylor

Returning to her former home of San Francisco in 1924, Mary Russell and her husband, eminent detective Sherlock Holmes, are confronted by dark secrets of the past that continue to haunt Mary's dreams.

Publisher: New York : Bantam
ISBN: 9780553801972
055380197X
Characteristics: 402p.; 24 cm

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PimaLib_ChristineR Mar 14, 2017

While the series had had its ups and downs, I find myself again saying this may be the best yet. There is not a single misstep in this wonderful mystery. The history of the San Francisco earthquake and its aftermath is fascinating and King's insertion of Dashiel Hammett as a character is both brilliant and wonderfully written. I can just imagine him doing all that has been written here.

The split narrative was well used as was the landscape of the city. This could easily be read alone but reading the previous novels in the series helps to give Mary's blind spot some context and the conclusion added depth.

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s390325
Oct 17, 2016

I love the Mary Russell/ Sherlock Holmes series, and I really loved this installment. Unlike "The Moor" or "The Game" where she and Holmes spend much of their investigations apart, in this story they are working together and you get to see a more tender side of Holmes who is trying to help his wife deal with past trauma, and also to stop blaming herself for the tragic death of her family. He knows that she eventually would go back to San Francisco to face what happened and has been anticipating this for years. Fantastic mystery, fantastic story, fantastic series!

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GhostWriter221b
Nov 20, 2014

Excessively suspenseful. I simply could not put down this book. In the previous installments, you are only aware of the automobile crash in her past, but now her past is exposed, revealing the true nature of her family's untimely deaths...

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emerge
Oct 08, 2012

Another great instalment in this series. We finally learn about Mary's childhood in San Francisco & what really happened to her family.

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JayneBelanger
Feb 27, 2010

All of this series of books by Laurie R King are excellent. Try to read them in the correct order if possible.

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