Mary Russell mysteries #8
Featuring: Mary Russell, wife of Sherlock Holmes
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After departing Bombay by ship, Mary Russell and her husband
Sherlock Holmes are en route to the bustling modern city of
San Francisco. There, Mary will settle some legal affairs
surrounding the inheritance of her family’s old estate. But
the closer they get to port, the more Mary finds herself
prey to troubling dreams and irrational behavior–a point not
lost on Holmes, much to Russell’s annoyance.
In 1906, when Mary was six, San Francisco was devastated by
an earthquake and a raging fire that reduced the city to
rubble. For years, Mary has denied any memory of the
catastrophe that for days turned the fabled streets into
hell on earth. But Holmes suspects that some hidden trauma
connected with the “unforgettable” catastrophe may be the
real culprit responsible for Mary’s memory lapse. And no
sooner do they begin to familiarize themselves with the
particulars of the Russell estate than it becomes apparent
that whatever unpleasantness Mary has forgotten, it hasn’t
forgotten her. Why does her father’s will forbid access to
the house except in the presence of immediate family? Why
did someone break in, then take nothing of any value? And
why is Russell herself targeted for assassination?
The more questions they ask of Mary’s past, the more people
from that past turn out to have died violent, unexplained
deaths. Now, with the aid of a hard-boiled young detective
and crime writer named Hammett, Russell and Holmes find
themselves embroiled in a mystery that leads them through
the winding streets of Chinatown to the unspoken secrets of
a parent’s marriage and the tragic car “accident” that a
fourteen-year-old Mary alone survived–an accident that may
not have been an accident at all. What Russell is about to
discover is that even a forgotten past never dies…and it can
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