The Initiation

The Initiation

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Before James grew up to be a ruthless, remorseless villain, he was a curious boy from Boston, with a penchant for trouble and an acid tongue. Thrown into a boarding school against his wishes, James winds up rooming with a most unlikely companion: a lanky British know-it-all named Sherlock Holmes ("Lock" to his friends). An heirloom Bible, donated by the Moriarty family more than a hundred years ago, has gone missing, and it doesn't take long for the two to find themselves embroiled in the school-wide scandal. The school is on lockdown until it's found, strange clues keep finding their way to James, and a secret society lurks behind it all.
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
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ISBN: 9780062399014
0062399012
Branch Call Number: J F PEA
Characteristics: xi, 371 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Lock and key. The initiation

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gillescoughlan
Dec 05, 2016

Adult Sherlock Holmes fans should skip this one.

If you're hoping for the proper Sherlockian setting of Victorian England, forget it. The action takes place in modern day United States. So, instead of horse-drawn carriages and telegrams, we get cars, cell phones and references to Google.

When I first saw it in a store, and decided to place a hold for it at the library, I did not realize it was a "young adult" or teen book. Since I am past the target age, and am not familiar with today's literature aimed at that market, I will not comment on the story itself, other than to say I found some of the plot devices illogical - which is why I am not recommending it to adults. Also, this feels like it is meant to be the first in a series - as a stand alone story, there are too many unanswered questions for my taste.

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