Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Paper Journal (a novel) — Introduction
In 2016, under the pseudonym Harrison Kitteridge, I wrote my first book — a novel called Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Paper Journal. The story is set in a dystopian near-future, where government-mandated social networking threatens to make detectives obsolete. For the first time in a long while, I went back to look at the Amazon reader reviews (they average 5 stars!), and they reminded me how proud I am of the story, particularly because of how divergent the audience for the book turned out to be. Appreciative readers include teenagers who never consumed any Sherlock Holmes media before the novel as well as hardcore Sherlockians, who know the Arthur Conan Doyle canon almost by heart. I incorporated and modernized some of the original stories and put my own twist on them, so the Sherlockians seal of approval is something I value a great deal.
My presence on Medium has been focused on my nonfiction work, but I know most people read widely, and we’re all looking for entertainment and distractions right now. So, I’m going to serialize the book here on Medium. I’ll post a new chapter every Sunday.
So you can get a better idea of whether or not the story is for you, here’s the book trailer:
And here’s a synopsis:
It is nearing the turn of the 22nd century, and Sherlock Holmes isn’t having much luck trying to be a detective. Social networking has morphed into a single, centralized, government-linked platform called The Archive. Every citizen has a Personal Archive File, which records all the significant (and most of the insignificant) moments of their lives and is open to everyone else. Birth records, school records, medical and financial records (virtually everything anyone could want to know about a person) are readily accessible to anyone who takes the time to look someone up. In a world that is ostensibly without secrets, what use are the keen deductive skills of Sherlock Holmes when they rarely reveal anything about a person a quick Archive search wouldn’t? Add to that the recent development of a new crime-solving computer program, and human detectives are on the cusp of extinction. Unable to make a living at his chosen profession, Sherlock often falls into despair and abuses cocaine and morphine to quiet his mind.
Sherlock takes on a case involving a prolific blackmailer, and the lengths to which he goes to resolve the matter reveal a dark, incredibly manipulative side of him that leaves John Watson doubting whether he ever knew his dear friend at all. Sherlock’s actions set in motion a catastrophic sequence of events that threaten to destroy his relationship with John, which both men are coming to realize is deeply felt romantic love.
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Paper Journal is a clever re-imagining of some of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories that expertly balances an action-packed adventure set in an eerily familiar dystopian future with a delicate love story.
You can also check out reader reviews on Amazon.
I’ll post the first chapter on Sunday, December 20.
If you’d like to dive in and start reading, here are BUY LINKS for the ebook.