Recent years have witnessed an explosion in the genre of the Sherlock Holmes pastiche. Those who expect the present work to simply add one more to their number will misconceive the author's intentions in publishing a book of its unique nature. Certain prerequisites should be kept in mind before purchasing this book. The Confessions of Sherlock Holmes is an encyclopedic novel written in an innovative and experimental form. Its scope and style make particular demands upon the reader and presume a grounding in the humanities and the Western Canon of literary and philosophical works.
Readers who enjoy a challenge such as those who attempt the later novels of Henry James will find this work meets their standards for a reading experience and will find that each successive volume will build upon those that have preceded it. Those who have enjoyed previous novels of ideas such as "The Magic Mountain" by Thomas Mann, "The Sleepwalkers" or "The Death of Virgil" by Herman Broch, "The Man Without Qualities" by Robert Musil, or "Remembrance of Things Past" by Marcel Proust will find this book to be a rare treat. Those particularly who treasure novels with unique formal innovations such as "Finnegans Wake" by James Joyce, "The Waves" by Virginia Woolf, and "Gravity's Rainbow" by Thomas Pyncheon will also be intrigued by the style of the present author. We also recommend this book to those who enjoyed two recent studies of vast scope and erudition: "Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds" by Harold Bloom and readers of "Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts" by Clive James.
Finally, for avid Sherlockians of the old school who know well the tales of the great detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this retelling of the Sherlock Holmes saga will give new insight into two of the greatest fictional minds in mystery literature, Sherlock Holmes and his arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty. If as John Milton said,"The mind is its own place. It can make a heaven of hell or a hell of heaven," the theological speculations that provide a unifying theme of the book will awaken a sustained reflection upon the meaning of human life in all its aspects as all serious literature attempts to do.
This seven-volume work on the master detective represents a reworking of the entire Holmes Saga for a modern audience ready at last for the ultimate Holmes adventure dealing with the rivalry between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty.
Kitsap Literary Artists and Writers member Mark Miller interviews Thomas Mengert, author and attorney from Poulsbo, WA.
The book entitled The Confessions of Sherlock Holmes is one of the largest single creative endeavors ever put to paper at over 800,000 words (as a point of comparison Tolstoy’s epic War and Peace has less than 600,000 words). For Sherlock Holmes lovers everywhere this is the ultimate Sherlock Holmes adventure. It explores the philosophy and personality behind the world’s greatest detective. Readers will encounter a unique and challenging reading experience as they accompany Holmes and Watson in their most strenuous encounter with Professor Moriarty. This book is published in seven volumes for the convenience of the reader.
Author: Thomas Mengert
Pages: 234 pages
Size: 5.5 x 8.25
Weight: 9.7 ounces
Publisher: Kitsap Publishing (June, 2015)
Sold by: Kitsap Publishing, Poulsbo, WA, distributed
Multi volume discounts: combination sets and box sets are available