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O Jerusalem

by Laurie R. King

With her bestselling mystery series featuring Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell, Laurie R. King has
created "lively adventure in the very best of intellectual company," according to The New York Times
Book Review. Now the author of The Beekeeper's Apprentice and The Moor--the first writer since
Patricia Cornwell to win both the American Edgar and British Creasey Awards for a debut novel (A
Grave Talent)--unfolds a hitherto unknown chapter in the history of Russell's apprenticeship to the

great detective.At the close of the year 1918, forced to flee England's green and pleasant land, Russell
and Holmes enter British-occupied Palestine under the auspices of Holmes' enigmatic brother,

Mycroft."Gentlemen, we are at your service." Thus Holmes greets the two travel-grimed Arab figures
who receive them in the orange groves fringing the Holy Land. Whatever role could the volatile Ali and

the taciturn Mahmoud play in Mycroft's design for this land the British so recently wrested from the
Turks? After passing a series of tests, Holmes and Russell learn their guides are engaged in a mission for

His Majesty's Government, and disguise themselves as Bedouins--Russell as the beardless youth
"Amir"--to join them in a stealthy reconnaissance through the dusty countryside.A recent rash of

murders seems unrelated to the growing tensions between Jew, Moslem, and Christian, yet Holmes is
adamant that he must reconstruct the most recent one in the desert gully where it occurred. His singular

findings will lead him and Russell through labyrinthine bazaars, verminous inns, cliff-hung monasteries-
-and into mortal danger. When her mentor's inquiries jeopardize his life, Russell fearlessly wields a

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