Perhaps capitalizing on the success of the recent Robert Downey Jr. film, Orion Books will be releasing a new Sherlock Holmes novel in Britain in September, with the authorization of the Conan Doyle estate. The Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle originally wrote four novels and fifty-six short stories featuring the Victorian sleuth, who was actually based on Doyle's old boss Dr. Joseph Bell. The famous character first came into public consciousness in 1887's "A Study in Scarlet," and continues to inspire a devoted following to this day.
The novel will be written by Anthony Horowitz, author of the best-selling Alex Rider spy novels for young adults, and will be set in Victorian London and aimed at adult readers. Horowitz said he hoped to create "a first-rate mystery for a modern audience while remaining absolutely true to the spirit of the original." So if he can pull off the literary equivalent of Jim Carrey becoming Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon, everything should be copacetic. I'm sure the Baker Street Irregulars will have the last word on that. Orion publisher Jon Wood promised Horowitz's "passion for Holmes and his consummate narrative trickery will ensure that this new story will not only blow away Conan Doyle aficionados but also bring the sleuth to a whole new audience." But to use the Van Halen analogy, Horowitz may end up being Gary Cherone, or even Sammy Hagar, but Sir Arthur will always be David Lee Roth.