The Hound of Justice (The Janet Watson Chronicles, #2)
Dr. Janet Watson and former covert agent Sara Holmes, introduced in the acclaimed A Study in Honor, continue their dangerous investigation into the new American Civil War with the help of fresh allies, advanced technology, and brilliant deduction in this superb reimagining of Sherlock Holmes.It’s been two months since Dr. Janet Watson accepted an offer from Georgetown University Hospital. The training for her new high-tech arm is taking longer than expected, however, leaving her in limbo. Meanwhile, her brilliant friend and compatriot, Sara Holmes, has been placed on leave--punishment for going rogue during their previous adventure. Neither is taking their situation very well.Then an extremist faction called the Brotherhood of Redemption launches an assassination attempt on the president. The attempt fails but causes mass destruction—fifty dead and hundreds more injured, and Holmes takes on the task of investigating the Brotherhood.Holmes is making progress when she abruptly disappears. Watson receives a mysterious message from Holmes’s cousin Micha and learns that her friend has quit the service and is operating in the shadows, investigating clues that link the Brotherhood to Adler Industries.She needs a surgeon, Micha tells Watson. She needs you.Reunited once more, Dr. Watson, Holmes, and Micha embark on a mission through the deep South to clear Holmes’s name, thwart the Brotherhood’s next move, and most important, bring their nemesis to justice for the atrocities she’s committed in the New Civil War.

The Hound of Justice (The Janet Watson Chronicles, #2) Details

TitleThe Hound of Justice (The Janet Watson Chronicles, #2)
Author
ReleaseJul 30th, 2019
PublisherHarper Voyager
ISBN-139780062699336
Rating
GenreMystery, Science Fiction, LGBT

The Hound of Justice (The Janet Watson Chronicles, #2) Review

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    update: I recieved an arc to the sequel to one of my favorite books of the year. thank you so much to Harper Voyager <3| releases: 30 July 2019 |
  • Eric
    January 1, 1970
    TL;DR Claire O’Dell delivers a stunning thriller in The Hound of Justice. This new chapter in the Janet Watson Chronicles has me already wanting another. Highly Recommended.Cross-posted at my blog, Primmlife.com The Hound of Justice Novels offer us options. One could view novels as paths not taken, and dystopian, political, and near-future fiction can be viewed as the path not yet taken. In recent years, the United States has become a divided nation in ways not thought possible just a few dec TL;DR Claire O’Dell delivers a stunning thriller in The Hound of Justice. This new chapter in the Janet Watson Chronicles has me already wanting another. Highly Recommended.Cross-posted at my blog, Primmlife.com The Hound of Justice Novels offer us options. One could view novels as paths not taken, and dystopian, political, and near-future fiction can be viewed as the path not yet taken. In recent years, the United States has become a divided nation in ways not thought possible just a few decades ago. Hate crimes are on the rise, as is corruption. Citizens of the U.S. are watching one portion of its political elites turn a blind eye to election interference by hostile foreign nations in order to maintain power. The current president lost the popular vote and maintains a 37 – 40% approval rating, no matter what he does, and his administration maintains concentration camps while receiving support from people who dare to call themselves pro-lifers. Dystopian literature looks awful optimistic compared to reality at the moment. Truth and fact themselves are under constant attack. It’s not too difficult to see how with a few things going horribly wrong, a second civil war kicks off. Such a deeply divided U.S.A. forms the backdrop of Claire O’Dell’s A Study in Honor while getting even more fleshed out in the sequel The Hound of Justice. A Study in Honor blew me away with its detailed character work and tight story-telling; so, I had high, high expectations for the sequel. The Hound of Justice exceeded my expectations. Claire O’Dell delivered a story with heart, action, and tension in a future that is unfortunately becoming more plausible every day.Disclaimer: I received a free eBook of The Hound of Justice in exchange for an honest review. Also, I won a paperback advanced review copy in a Goodreads contest that I entered before getting access to the eBook. TL;DR Claire O’Dell delivers a stunning thriller in The Hound of Justice. This new chapter in the Janet Watson Chronicles has me already wanting another. Highly Recommended. Story The Hound of Justice picks up a few months after the action in A Study in Honor. Janet Watson works at Georgetown University Hospital while in physical therapy to resume her calling as a surgeon. Sarah Holmes is suspended from work and depressed. Around the time that Janet meets and begins to date a bookstore owner, Holmes becomes obsessed with the fate of Irene Adler. A terrorist group bombs the D.C. area, and Watson’s hospital strains under the weight of internal politics. From there, the story takes off to an America that is at once familiar, fractured, and yet frighteningly possible.There exists a mystery here, but it’s not much of a mystery, really. That’s okay, though. Between Watson’s careful, thoughtful observation of life and Holmes’s obsession, these women’s lives make the ride enjoyable. Holmes pretty much has the mystery solved, but to close this ‘case,’ action is required. The Hound of Justice should be categorized as a thriller rather than a mystery because there’s more action than deduction. As a thriller, it works. The pace is much faster than the previous novel while maintaining a compelling level of tension. The story moves easier and faster without losing the touching character moments. The Hound of Justice is intricately plotted with many questions answered and new ones arising. I, for one, look forward to Holmes and Watson’s next adventure. Character Once again, I commend Claire O’Dell’s character work here. I love Janet. I absolutely adore her. She’s a veteran, a surgeon, a journaler, a woman, a friend, a family member, and, most importantly of all, a reader. In the first book, she’s barely holding together. Here, she’s farther along her journey back to being a surgeon. At the end of A Study in Honor, Janet’s received a new, much more sophisticated, prosthetic that will let her return to her profession. To facilitate that return, she’s entered physical therapy to learn the fine motor control necessary for surgery. Janet continues to build a post-military life, even making friends and rivals at Georgetown University Hospital. Prior to the disappearance of Holmes, she’s settling into something like a routine. Since this is a novel, that routine is quickly broken.An advantage of series story-telling is the possibility of real character growth from book to book. Janet has changed; she doesn’t seem to be constantly on edge. As a woman of color, as a soldier suffering from PTSD, she must maintain constant vigilance, but it feels less like she’s fighting for her life at all times. She’s learning how to achieve balance, even to the point where she’s seeking romance. Oddly enough considering the obstacles and threats in it, at the end of the novel Janet’s life is ready to begin a new, better chapter. The story challenges her at every turn, and at each moment, she digs in and does the work.For a large portion of the novel, Holmes is absent but not far from Watson’s thoughts. Nevertheless, she drives a lot of tension in the overall plot. Her appearances maintain the same over-the-top characteristics as the first novel. I love reading about this version of Holmes while being thankful such a person isn’t in my life. She’s over-bearing without abiding by social conventions; she’s odd, does what she thinks is best, and is a bad ass. In other words, she fits in with all the other incarnations of Sherlock Holmes. By the end of the novel, we learn some of Sarah’s hidden talents. I’d love to know her history. Not a prequel, mind you, just a back story. And her family, we need to learn more about her family. Politics Some readers will find The Hound of Justice too political. To be fair, it is a political book, like many thrillers. The question becomes whether the story serves the politics or the politics serve the story. Here, the politics emerge from the setting. Ms. O’Dell built the world with a second civil war tearing apart the United States, which is, of course, a political decision. However, looking at the current and continually deepening division between everyday Americans over politics, even over basic facts, it’s understandable to extrapolate the current divide into an actual civil war. Starting from the assumption of a near-future civil war, the politics of Hound emerge from the characters rather than being imposed upon the characters by the story.Most likely, these readers will react to the fact that this novel deals with racial politics. The U.S. as a nation has never dealt with its racist roots. When someone points out that the nation began with a racial hierarchy codified into its legal structures, this person is often met with disagreement, confusion, and attempts to shut down the conversation. Why? Because talk of racism is uncomfortable, and it goes directly against the myth of American exceptional-ism. To say this country has problems is often seen as being unpatriotic, as if you’re attacking the nation. In an over-simplified view, criticism means hatred of, but in a realistic view, criticism recognizes that no human made endeavor is perfect. Improvements can always be made with critical introspection. This is the view that I see in The Hound of Justice. O’Dell looks at the state of racial relations in the U.S. with empathy, with an acknowledgment that structural equality does not exist in the United States. Rather than sweep it into the background, Ms. O’Dell puts it front and center as seen through the eyes of an empathetic character. That is the political nature of the book.It’s clear that Ms. O’Dell did her research on the African-American experience when writing these two books. I could see how this novel would make some people uncomfortable politically, but for me, it’s not a political book. Yes, yes, all fiction is political. What I mean is that it’s not didactic. The Hound of Justice isn’t trying to teach me a lesson. O’Dell tells a story, and it’s a damn good one. It just so happens that this story features a life experience very different from my own. Conclusion Claire O’Dell’s The Hound of Justice solidifies this series as a must buy for me. It adds much more action with the deep character work that I enjoyed in the first book. Janet Watson and Sarah Holmes are worth your time getting to know.9 out of 10!
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  • Joe Crowe
    January 1, 1970
    (review from an advance copy) This book series came along at a great time for me, as the family and I have been in a Sherlock Holmes mood, binge-watching "Elementary," a modern-day procedural where Sherlock has moved to America and Watson is a lady. This series also flips Watson's gender, and everyone else's. Sherlock is now Sara, Mycroft is Micha. The characters' roles are flipped as well, with Watson now the lead hero. The story isn't a detective procedural, really, as it contains more element (review from an advance copy) This book series came along at a great time for me, as the family and I have been in a Sherlock Holmes mood, binge-watching "Elementary," a modern-day procedural where Sherlock has moved to America and Watson is a lady. This series also flips Watson's gender, and everyone else's. Sherlock is now Sara, Mycroft is Micha. The characters' roles are flipped as well, with Watson now the lead hero. The story isn't a detective procedural, really, as it contains more elements of sci-fi spy stories, which is not a complaint. The story isn't merely a Holmes homage, either. Claire O'Dell has set this series in a divided near future that isn't too far-fetched, and incredibly strong women are the heroes. Against that charged backdrop, the story is engaging, thrilling, and cathartic. Highly recommended.
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  • Lora
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and will review once I've read it.
  • Read Ng
    January 1, 1970
    This was a GoodReads giveaway win of a paper book. This book did take a bit longer to get to me than I expected, but it was a giveaway so I have little reason to complain.I obtained a copy of Book #1 in anticipation of winning this book. I really loved Book #1. The set up and development of the characters and the divided future US was just plausible enough. I will give the edge to Book #1 as slightly better in that it turned the concept of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on its end and updated it This was a GoodReads giveaway win of a paper book. This book did take a bit longer to get to me than I expected, but it was a giveaway so I have little reason to complain.I obtained a copy of Book #1 in anticipation of winning this book. I really loved Book #1. The set up and development of the characters and the divided future US was just plausible enough. I will give the edge to Book #1 as slightly better in that it turned the concept of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on its end and updated it into a future world. And I especially loved the tale being told from Watson's perspective as the main character.Politics play a much bigger role in this book but that is set up well with the US Civil War setting for this near future storyline. Again, politics and race are essential to the storyline for this near future US Civil War setting.My biggest gripe is the detail of the cover art. Clearly Watson is wearing "the device" on her right arm, but in this storyline it is her left. I would blame it on the publisher using a mirror image of the original art, but Holmes should be right handed due to details in the story. A bit nit picky.This was a GoodReads. I am glad I have been introduced to this version of Holmes and Watson.
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  • William Bentrim
    January 1, 1970
    The Hound of Justice by Claire O’DellThis is a book in the Janet Watson Chronicle, a follow up to A Study in Honor. Janet Watson is a surgeon injured in the war. She finds herself embroiled in politics due to her friendship with Sara Holmes, an agent so sometime from some part of the government. Dr. Watson is drawn into the intrigue by her desire to see justice done to a corporation who caused the death of so many soldiers. O’Dell provides an in-depth character study of Dr. Watson. Watson suffer The Hound of Justice by Claire O’DellThis is a book in the Janet Watson Chronicle, a follow up to A Study in Honor. Janet Watson is a surgeon injured in the war. She finds herself embroiled in politics due to her friendship with Sara Holmes, an agent so sometime from some part of the government. Dr. Watson is drawn into the intrigue by her desire to see justice done to a corporation who caused the death of so many soldiers. O’Dell provides an in-depth character study of Dr. Watson. Watson suffers from PTSD as well as guilt over what more she should or could of done in the attack that took her arm. Dr. Watson is also looking for love and struggling to find those she can trust. The idea of a new Confederacy and a return to wide spread bigotry based on color is repugnant. Dismayingly the headlines seem to indicate that racial and religious bigotry are alive and disgustingly well in a shockingly large splinter of society. O’Dell addresses this and foreshadows a future that could be unless our society rejects the messages of hate that have been promogulated lately. This is an entertaining book that provides serious food for thought.
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  • Divena
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited about this story but it was just so bland. The story is a twist on Sherlock Holmes but with a disabled, queer, black woman. Yep, 3 boxes of diversity check. It's like the white writer of this story went through a checklist of ways to show she is "woke". This book is set in the near future though it feels exactly like 2019. Our lead is bland and boring always going through the motions of her day to day as a surgeon. She's learning to adapt to her job with her new disability but I I was so excited about this story but it was just so bland. The story is a twist on Sherlock Holmes but with a disabled, queer, black woman. Yep, 3 boxes of diversity check. It's like the white writer of this story went through a checklist of ways to show she is "woke". This book is set in the near future though it feels exactly like 2019. Our lead is bland and boring always going through the motions of her day to day as a surgeon. She's learning to adapt to her job with her new disability but I still never really felt for her. I feel like there was a lot of unnecessary diary entries that were overly detailed. The political talk felt hollow and very ironic. Lots of talk of white privilege and how the other side lives and reacts. Except this book was written by a beneficiary of that privilege and she wasn't able to capture the experience of a black woman navigating the world though she tried based off things she's read. I gave this story the rating I did because some parts of the story were mildly entertaining but it wasn't something that made me anticipating the ending. I recieved an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Roberta
    January 1, 1970
    I finally received my ARC of this book, for which I was looking forward to receiving, for my honest review. I am always very appreciative when I receive same even, as is the case here, if it is received later than when one normally receives a book which they have won.Nonetheless, I did not finish reading this book for one reason. I understand that the book was a work of fiction, however I resent it when an author attempts to push his or her personal political agenda by using partisan innuendos w I finally received my ARC of this book, for which I was looking forward to receiving, for my honest review. I am always very appreciative when I receive same even, as is the case here, if it is received later than when one normally receives a book which they have won.Nonetheless, I did not finish reading this book for one reason. I understand that the book was a work of fiction, however I resent it when an author attempts to push his or her personal political agenda by using partisan innuendos within the story. I gulped as I passed over the first one, but continued reading. The second one, however, left no doubt in my mind as to what was occurring. The book may have contained an extremely good story. However I'm well past the age where one is brainwashed by a liberal professor into thinking as they do, even if I was already a liberal to begin with. If before the book goes to press for the final version these subtle comments are removed, I'd be more than happy to read the entire book.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    This is an action packed thriller that revolves around a new American confederacy and its message of violence and bigotry. The main characters (a black, lesbian Dr. Watson and her secret agent friend, Sara Holmes) plunge into a life-threatening effort to stop the menacing Brotherhood sect. Along with this, there are subplots involving adjusting to a major physical disability, coping with family changes and a budding new romance. Quite a lot is happening in this book and I think it might be a bit This is an action packed thriller that revolves around a new American confederacy and its message of violence and bigotry. The main characters (a black, lesbian Dr. Watson and her secret agent friend, Sara Holmes) plunge into a life-threatening effort to stop the menacing Brotherhood sect. Along with this, there are subplots involving adjusting to a major physical disability, coping with family changes and a budding new romance. Quite a lot is happening in this book and I think it might be a bit too much; however, I did find it an enjoyable read and appreciate that there will be more adventures of this duo in the future.I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
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  • Linda Chance
    January 1, 1970
    Whew! I just finished reading the review copy of Hound that I received through Harper Voyager (thank you!). This is one roller coaster of a book — even better than the first one, dare I say?As I sat on my sunny deck with traffic noises in the distance, I was transported into the dark, dangerous world of Janet Watson. This is a near-future that is very plausible, and, the tensions and emotions became very real through the skill of the author. Janet Watson is a very compelling character: all that Whew! I just finished reading the review copy of Hound that I received through Harper Voyager (thank you!). This is one roller coaster of a book — even better than the first one, dare I say?As I sat on my sunny deck with traffic noises in the distance, I was transported into the dark, dangerous world of Janet Watson. This is a near-future that is very plausible, and, the tensions and emotions became very real through the skill of the author. Janet Watson is a very compelling character: all that anger and fear at war with her hope for a future where she can love again and use her skills to help people. I hope that in the next book (there just has to be more!) Claire O’Dell will get under the skin of Sarah Holmes in much the same way.
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  • Jeremy Brett
    January 1, 1970
    Claire O'Dell's follow-up to her wonderful Holmesian pastiche " A Study in Honor" is in every way equal to its predecessor. Once again O'Dell has brought Holmes and Watson to new and modern life in a mystery that reflects the racial and political concerns of our fractured America. O'Dell brings her usual depth of character development and emotion to this new book, focusing particularly on Janet Watson standing alone (whereas the first book charted Janet's relationship with Sara Holmes). Janet is Claire O'Dell's follow-up to her wonderful Holmesian pastiche " A Study in Honor" is in every way equal to its predecessor. Once again O'Dell has brought Holmes and Watson to new and modern life in a mystery that reflects the racial and political concerns of our fractured America. O'Dell brings her usual depth of character development and emotion to this new book, focusing particularly on Janet Watson standing alone (whereas the first book charted Janet's relationship with Sara Holmes). Janet is a strong and at the same time broken character, and O'Dell skilfully explores her growth and her coming back from a terrible, terrible place into a more fulfilling life.
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  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) More like 3.5 - I definitely enjoyed the sequel more than the first, but I'm not sure if it warrants being rounded up exactly. What I consistently appreciate about the series, is how much O'Dell grounds The Hound of Justice in Watson's experiences. In so many re-tellings I feel like Watson and the other side characters exist in the smoke, whereas O'Dell makes the heart of the stor (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) More like 3.5 - I definitely enjoyed the sequel more than the first, but I'm not sure if it warrants being rounded up exactly. What I consistently appreciate about the series, is how much O'Dell grounds The Hound of Justice in Watson's experiences. In so many re-tellings I feel like Watson and the other side characters exist in the smoke, whereas O'Dell makes the heart of the story on how Watson continues to deal with her recovery - its detours and setbacks - and the politics of the time. While Holmes features in the book, she is more of the shadowy enigma, flitting in Watson's life. If you thought the politics in A Study of Honor was intense, then just wait and see in The Hound of Justice. Holmes and Watson are entangled in a political conflict that not only wants to overturn the democratic process, but seeks to promote hate and intolerance. But where The Hound of Justice improved, in my regard of Watson, was how this book deals with her recovery and her feelings of being (un)deserving and also needing help. It's that feeling of counting down when people are going to come and collect the things we were given. Sure there's more complexity to be had in Watson's case because of A Study in Honor, but the theme explored remains the same.full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...
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  • Scott Shjefte
    January 1, 1970
    Disclosure: Won The Hound of Justice by Claire O'Dell in Goodreads giveaway. I normally start a series by reading the first in the series (A Study in Honor) but here I am diving right in... The story definitely carries a bit of a political slant with a touch of bright future glitter thrown in for color. Technology gadgets are well described without being overtly boring being well meshed with personal interactions. ... to be continued
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  • Joni Haynes
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book from GoodReads. It took a very long time to arrive, but it did arrive, and I was able to read it. I don't think I was the target audience for this book, and I couldn't relate to much of it. I am a woman, and I did work in the health care field. However, I am not black, I am not "disabled", and I am not gay. The book was highly politicized, and did not speak well of white people. Those attributes did seem to be the major thrust of the book. All that said, I did read to the end, an I won this book from GoodReads. It took a very long time to arrive, but it did arrive, and I was able to read it. I don't think I was the target audience for this book, and I couldn't relate to much of it. I am a woman, and I did work in the health care field. However, I am not black, I am not "disabled", and I am not gay. The book was highly politicized, and did not speak well of white people. Those attributes did seem to be the major thrust of the book. All that said, I did read to the end, and found the story line interesting enough to give it 2 stars.
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  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    An exciting and well written holmesian pastiche that mixes thriller, dystopian and a bit of sci-fi.I loved the well developed characters, strong and realistic women, the world building and the plot that kept me hooked till the last page.I look forward to reading other books in this series.Highly recommended!Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    Although the primary characters are Janet Watson and Sara Holmes, this book is more political thriller than detective/mystery. O'Dell has created two African-American women navigating a violent, racist near-future U.S. Although lacking the subtlety and humor of Walter Mosley's work, this book is worth reading for its hard-to-put-down story line and interesting setting.
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  • Joseph
    January 1, 1970
    Another fantastic work by this author in this series. An amazing mix of dystopia, mystery, adventure, and political commentary. This series is so well-written that, if it weren't for the sci-fi aspects, the stories could almost be believable. And that makes them a little bit horror as well.
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  • Sareeta
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway on May 20, but never received my copy of the book. If it ever comes, I'll update with my actual review. I see others had the same experience of a long wait time.
  • Jackie Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    This book was difficult for me to read. Took longer than it should have. Was about a new civil war in this country and can almost see that happening. Was again about black and white and politicians. Thanks to Goodreads.
  • Todd Dashoff
    January 1, 1970
    The events of this book follow closely on the heels of the previous story, A Study in Honor. Dr. Janet Watson is adjusting to her new prosthetic arm, provided to her as a result of her actions in the previous book, and trying to requalify to perform surgery at Georgetown University Hospital. Meanwhile, her roommate, Sara Holmes, is on the trail of Nadine Adler, believed dead - only Homes seems to doubt the evidence. When a bombing in Washington by the New Confederacy during the presidential inau The events of this book follow closely on the heels of the previous story, A Study in Honor. Dr. Janet Watson is adjusting to her new prosthetic arm, provided to her as a result of her actions in the previous book, and trying to requalify to perform surgery at Georgetown University Hospital. Meanwhile, her roommate, Sara Holmes, is on the trail of Nadine Adler, believed dead - only Homes seems to doubt the evidence. When a bombing in Washington by the New Confederacy during the presidential inauguration misses its main target but causes numerous deaths and injuries, Watson, is pressed back into service. This results in conflicts with hospital personnel, and another mystery; the unexplained deaths of recently discharged patients who appeared to be on their way to recovery. As Watson begins to develop a personal relationship with the owner of a bookstore where she had been browsing on the day of the bombing, Holmes disappears. Then comes the summons - a surgeon is needed across the border, inside the New Confederacy. Is Watson willing to risk her job, her security and possibly her life? The why and for whom make up the last third of the book, with most of the questions tied up but still room for O'Dell (an open pseudonym of Beth Bernobich) to perform trilogy.Given that this is (probably) a middle book, it suffers from the faults of many middle books in a trilogy. There's a lot of back fill for those who haven't read the first book. Lots of time is spent on actions that don't really move the plot along. Other items, like Watson's presentation at a medical conference, are introduced, then abandoned, and tied up neatly in a few pages in the last chapters. Many new characters are introduced, some of whom will no doubt feature prominently in the next volume. I'm especially looking forward to seeing how O'Dell develops her version of Mycroft Holmes. Since the timing of the book is an unspecified but relatively near-future year (a tunnel is mentioned as having been dug in 2018, and our current president is remembered with less than fond feelings), the political messages seemed at times to outweigh the mystery. O'Dell acknowledges she is writing "the other" and there are times it seems as if she wants to show how much she learned. But the book reads very quickly and held my interest throughout. As a Holmesian, I'm always looking forward to a new take on the characters, and O'Dell has certainly managed to invent a new interpretation that may have legs beyond the first three books. Recommended.
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