The Game by Laurie R. King

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It’s only the second day of 1924, but Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, find themselves embroiled in intrigue. It starts with a New Year’s visit from Holmes’s brother Mycroft, who comes bearing a strange package containing the papers of an English spy named Kimball O’Hara—the same Kimball known to the world through Kipling’s famed Kim. Inexplicably, O’Hara withdrew from the “Great Game” of espionage and now he has just as inexplicably disappeared.

When Russell discovers Holmes’s own secret friendship with the spy, she knows the die is cast: she will accompany her husband to India to search for the missing operative. But Russell soon learns that in this faraway and exotic land, it’s often impossible to tell friend from foe—and that some games aren’t played for fun but for the highest stakes of all…life and death.


About Laurie R. King

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Laurie R. King became the first novelist since Patricia Cornwell to win prizes for Best First Crime Novel on both sides of the Atlantic with the publication of her debut thriller, A Grave Talent. She is the bestselling author of four contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, seven Mary Russell mysteries, and the bestselling novels A Darker Place and Folly. She lives in northern California.
Published January 1, 2005 by Bantam.
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, History. Fiction

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A guide to using game theory to divine and shape the future, based on the premise that people do what’s best for them.

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Readers’ Opinions Forum: Book News and Reviews David Shenk has no definitive answers but in his new book he explores chess as metaphor, chess as addiction, chess as a window into the workings of the human brain, even chess as a hope for humankind.

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Book Reporter

Holmes, as crafty as ever ---.

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Entertainment Weekly

As Hollywood autobiographies go, The Game Show King is witty, engaging, and surprisingly modest — even .

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The Bookbag

Summary: The Game Of Kings is - try not to wince - the first in an historical saga dealing with Scotland in the sixteenth century.

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The rather awkwardly monikered Peter Jackson’s King Kong The Official Game of the Movie first showed signs of promise when it was announced that Jackson was to be directly involved, having been disappointed with EA’s handling of the Lord of the Rings franchise.

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Shiny Book Review

There’s betrayal at every turn, and only a few honest men around to try to keep the peace — aside from Tyrion and Ned, the most sympathetic figure in the book has to be Varys the Eunuch, Master of Whisperers (the King’s Spy), who only wants the realm to be peaceful, prosperous, and whole and work...

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