The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes

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Damien March is a disconsolate thirty-something working the night shift at the BBC. He hasn't thought of his eccentric Uncle Patrick for years when he receives a terse telegram: Patrick dead. Father. Damien is surprised to learn that he has inherited his uncle's ramshackle house on an isolated island near Cape Cod. Without a job or relationship compelling enough to keep him in London, he makes a move to the United States. It turns out that Damien's step into a new future means moving circuitously into his family's past. He uncovers letters and writings-scattered clues that shed light on Patrick's solitary life.
When he discovers a fragment of an unpublished novel, The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes, the stakes in this paper chase are suddenly higher. Mycroft, the older brother of Sherlock, bears a striking resemblance to Patrick. Soon Damien finds himself revealing dark and unsettling truths that shatter his most fundamental assumptions.
Written with warmth and distinctive humor, The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes is at once an engaging mystery and an illuminating coming-of-age story about family secrets, rivalries, and identity.

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Marcel Theroux was born in Kampala, Uganda, in 1968. He studied English at Cambridge and international relations at Yale. He worked in television news in Boston and New York, and now lives in London.

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PRAISE FOR THE CONFESSIONS OF MYCROFT HOLMES

"Highly ingenious as well as playful . . . in short a sophisticated entertainment
as well as a convincing meditation on the predicament of being an older brother."
--The Times Literary Supplement (London)
"A droll exercise in dry comedic writing . . . Theroux [is] an agile and clever writer, and readers will be pleasantly surprised by the twists he introduces."
--San Francisco Chronicle

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