Against the Brotherhood
A Mycroft Holmes Novel
By Quinn Fawcett
(Forge Books, Hardcover, 9780312863623, 320pp.)
Publication Date: September 1997
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Acknowledged by Sherlock Holmes himself as the smarter brother, and gifted with even greater powers of observation than the famous consulting detective, Mycroft Holmes appears in only four stories in the Canon and remains an enigmatic figure wrapped in the mysteries of international politics and conspiracies.
Now, in Against the Brotherhood, we learn of Mycroft's secrets throught the eyes of his new secretary, Patterson Guthrie. Guthrie's upper-class education has not prepared him for the rough-and-tumble world of international politics, nor for his encounters with the beautiful and cunning Miss Gatspy, thief, spy, assassin--whatever the situation calls for. Mycroft is revealed to be a vigorous player at world politics and international skulduggery. Against the Brotherhood is full of attempted assassinations, secret spymasters, anarchist cabals, concealed identities, double- and triple-agents, burglary, and sabotage, all done in true Conan Doyle style.
Quinn Fawcett is the author of a number of mystery novels, including a series about Mycroft Holmes, older brother of the famous Sherlock (Embassy Row, The Flying Scotsman, and more) and a series detailing the espionage adventures of Ian Fleming (including Death to Spies and Siren Song). Retired from a respectable position with the Courts, Fawcett moved from London to the Caribbean a number of years ago.
"Maintains the integrity of the Serlock Holmes Canon. Fawcett seems to have captured the flavor of Doyle's work. There is an eventful final chase." --The Mystery News
"[A] promising series opener. The Brotherhood's ruthlessness is both shocking and convincing; the period details of travel, lodging, and communications are richly conveyed. Absorbing." --Publishers Weekly