Holmes on the Range
By Steve Hockensmith
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312347802, 304pp.)
Publication Date: February 7, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Because 1893 is a tough year in Montana, any job is a good job. When Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at the secretive Bar VR cattle spread, they're not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a comfortable campfire around which they can enjoy their favorite pastime: scouring Harper's Weekly for stories about the famous Sherlock Holmes.
When the boys come across a dead body that looks a whole lot like the leftovers of an unfortunate encounter with a cattle stampede, Old Red sees the perfect opportunity to employ his Holmes-inspired deducifyin' skills. Putting his ranch work squarely on the back burner, he sets out to solve the case. Big Red, like it or not (and mostly he does not), is along for the wild ride in this clever, compelling, and completely one-of-a-kind mystery.
Steve Hockensmith writes a monthly column for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and stories featuring Big Red and Old Red appear regularly in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. He has been a finalist for the Shamus Award for his short-story writing. Holmes on the Range is his first novel.
"If you've ever wondered just what Sherlock Holmes got up to during the Great Hiatus after his tumble off the Reichenbach Falls, wonder no more: His animating spirit took up residence in the brain of an illiterate cowpoke in the American West. Sounds unlikely? Sure, but whether because of the innate dignity of the characters or the admirable cleverness of their speech, Holmes on the Range works beautifully." --Laurie R. King, author of the New York Times bestselling Mary Russell/ Shelock Homes novels
"Holmes on the Range is a wonderful debut novel! Detecting cowboys Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer are delightful, and in this humorous, action-packed tale they encounter enough baffling clues to stump Sherlock Holmes himself."
--Marcia Muller, national bestselling author of The Dangerous Hour
"What a cool and entertaining idea, not to mention well-written and fast-paced. I'm ready for more." --Joe R. Lansdale, author of Sunset and Sawdust
"Steve Hockensmith has ingeniously worked a new riff on Sherlock Holmes, one as unlikely as it proves inspired. His ranchery and his talk are persuasive; his cowpoke Holmes a distinct and charming addition to the genre." --Nicholas Meyer, author of the New York Times bestseller The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
"A whole lot of sly and clever fun, mixing the genres of the mystery and the Western so skillfully that fans of both forms will like it. I liked it so much I can't wait for the next one!"--Ed Gorman, author of the Sam McCain mysteries