Baker Street Irregular by Jon Lellenberg is not at all what I expected when my Portguese friend Nuno Robles recommended it to me.
This this first foray into fiction by the eminent BSI historian is more than just a thriller. It is a historical novel of depth and complexity which begins before the United States' entry into World War II and ends during the Truman Administration.
As I closed the last page, I felt that I had not just read a book but lived through all the loves and losses of the hero-narrator, Woody Hazelbaker. It's the story of his gradually being dragged into a very personal war along with other original members of the Baker Street Irregulars.
One doesn't have to be a Sherlockian to enjoy this book, but there is a special treat for those who are: The giants of the early days of the game -- Christopher Morley, Vincent Starrett, Elmer Davis, Alexander Woolcott, Edgar W. Smith, Rex Stout, and others -- come to life in these pages.
If my shelf of books related to Sherlock Holmes but not Canon or pastiche were considerably smaller than it actually is, this book would still be on it. Thanks for the recommendation, Nuno.
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