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Mycroft Holmes

Titan Books announce Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Whitehouse, based on the great detective's enigmatic brother, will be released next month...

“When I say, therefore, that [my brother] has better powers of observation than I… I am speaking the exact and literal truth.” – Sherlock Holmes

About the book:

Fresh out of Cambridge University, Mycroft Holmes is working for Edward Cardwell, the British Secretary of State for War, and is already proving himself as a shrewd player in the British government. His best friend is Cyrus Douglas, a man of African descent born and raised in Trinidad, where Mycroft's new fiancée, Georgiana, also was raised. Cyrus hears troubling news from home: mysterious disappearances; strange, backwards-­facing footprints on the sand; spirits enticing children to their deaths. Holmes’s fiancée receives the same news, abruptly panics, and departs for Trinidad. Mycroft talks Cyrus into following her on this hazardous journey, drawing them all into a web of dark secrets that grow more insidious and baffling with each step they take. Sherlock Holmes will appear as a student at King’s College, along with enticing hints about the ‘true state’ of the Holmes family—and the painful legacy that the brothers endure. The tragedies that Mycroft encounters in this adventure are the seeds that will eventually turn him into the reclusive genius ‘power’ behind the British government, and the founder of the famous Diogenes Club.

When asked about his love of Sherlock Holmes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said “I was first introduced to Conan Doyle’s beloved detective through old movies starring Basil Rathbone, though Jeremy Brett is still my favorite Holmes. Then, as an NBA rookie for the Milwaukee Bucks, I was given a set of Sherlock Holmes stories for my first road trip, and I was hooked. I’d even find myself using Holmes’s power of observation to enhance my own game and exploit weaknesses in my opponents. Now my love affair with Holmes has come full circle: that first rookie road trip culminated in a stay at Vacation Village in San Diego, which is where we made the deal last year to pen this story of Mycroft Holmes.”

About the Authors:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – A huge Holmesian, NBA's all-time leading scorer, Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, U.S. Cultural Ambassador as well as a New York Times best-selling author. He has written ten books, including children's stories, two autobiographies, and several historical works. Mycroft Holmes is his first novel.

His previous books for adults include Giant Steps, Kareem, Black Profiles in Courage, A Season on the Reservation, Brothers in Arms, and On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through The Harlem Renaissance. His children's books are Streetball Crew – Stealing the Game, Streetball Crew: Sasquatch in the Paint, and What Color is My World?, which won the NAACP award for Best Children's Book.

Anna Waterhouse – A professional screenwriter and script consultant, Anna Waterhouse has worked alongside many exceptional writers and renowned producer/director.. She has consulted for premium cable miniseries and basic cable series; co-produced a featured-length documentary for Mandalay/ HBO. She was supervising producer and co-writer (with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) of the critically acclaimed feature-length documentary On the Shoulders of Giants (Netflix and Showtime) which won Best Documentary NAACP Image Award and two Telly awards in 2012. She has written several how-to screenwriting seminars for Writers Digest and teaches screenwriting at Chapman University in Orange, CA.

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