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The Game

Laurie R. King's bestselling mystery series featuring Mary Russell
and her and partner, Sherlock Holmes, is beloved by readers and
acclaimed by critics the world over. Now the illustrious duo
returns for their most dangerous exploit yet, in a rich and
atmospheric tale that takes them to India to save the life of one
of literature's most fabled heroes.

It's the second day of the new year, 1924, and Mary Russell is
settling in for a much-needed rest with her husband, Sherlock
Holmes. But the fragile peace will be fleeting—for a visit
with Holmes's gravely ill brother, Mycroft, brings news of an
intrigue that is sure to halt their respite. Mycroft, who has ties
to the highest levels of the government, has just received a
strange package. The oilskin-wrapped packet contains the papers of
a missing English spy named Kimball O'Hara—indeed, the same
Kimball who served as the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's famed

An orphaned English boy turned loose in India, Kim long used his
cunning to spy for the Crown. But after inexplicably withdrawing
from the "Great Game" of border espionage, he's gone missing and is
feared taken hostage—or even killed.

When Russell learns of Holmes's own secret friendship with Kim some
thirty years before, she knows the die is cast: she will accompany
her to India to search for the missing operative. But even before
they arrive, danger will show its face in everything from a
suspicious passenger on board their steamer to an "accident" that
very nearly claims their lives. Once in India, Russell and Holmes
must travel incognito—no small task for the English lady and
her lanky companion. But after a twist of fate forces the couple to
part ways, Russell learns that in this faraway place it's often
impossible to tell friend from foe—and that some games must
be played out until their deadly end.

Showcasing King's masterful plotting and skill at making history
leap from the page, THE GAME brings alive an India fraught with
unrest and poised for change—and an unpredictable mystery
with brilliance and character to match.

© Copyright 2004 by Bantam, a division of Random House,

The Game
by Laurie R. King

  • Publication Date: March 1, 2005
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam
  • ISBN-10: 0553583387
  • ISBN-13: 9780553583380