From the press release:
Faber and Faber are pleased to announce that Michael Dibdin’s The Last Sherlock Holmes Story is now available once again, published firstly in ebook format, then in paperback this August.
The book makes a welcome return to Faber’s crime last and will be sure to please both Dibdin fans and Sherlock Holmes fans alike, particularly after the huge success of the TV adaptation of 3 books in Dibdin’s Aurelio Zen series.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
THE LAST SHERLOCK HOLMES STORY
Published 5 April 2012
From the acclaimed author of the Aurelio Zen mysteries comes a classic must-read for all fans of Sherlock Holmes!
There can be no question that the contents of this book will prove extremely controversial. Many people will be deeply shocked by the nature of Watson’s statement. Many will no doubt prefer to reject it rather than surrender the beliefs of a lifetime. Others will at least regret that two of the great mysteries of crime are finally solved…
An extraordinary document comes to light which for fifty years had been held on deposit by the bankers of the deceased John Herbert Watson MD – better known as Dr Watson.
The document, written by Dr Watson himself, opens in the East End of London in 1888. Three women have been savagely murdered by Jack the Ripper. To calm the public outcry, Scotland Yard approaches London’s most eminent detective, Sherlock Holmes, and asks him to investigate the killer.
Can Holmes solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper? And why has this story been suppressed for so long? As cunningly plotted as anything by Conan Doyle, The Last Sherlock Holmes Story is a thrilling addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon from another of Britain’s best-loved crime writers.
Michael Dibdin was born in 1947. He went to school in Northern Ireland, and later to Sussex University and the University of Alberta in Canada. He lived in Seattle. After completing his first novel, The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, in 1978, he spent four years in Italy teaching English at the University of Perugia. Ratking won the Gold Dagger Award for the Best Crime Novel of the year in 1988 and introduced us to his Italian detective – Inspector Aurelio Zen. His last novel, End Games, was published posthumously in July 2007.