The Final Page of Baker Street: The Exploits of Mr. Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John H. Watson, and Master Raymond Chandler
October 21st, 2015 by Aldouspi

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When misadventure led a schoolboy in London to employment at Baker Street, few could have guessed where his introduction to Sherlock Holmes would lead. But as the lad matures and he finds himself caught in the middle of a murder investigation, his friendship with Holmes and Watson lures him into the role of detective. "Billy" documents his experiences, and soon his sleuthing skills not only bring him to another murder, but also lay the foundation for his metamorphosis into a famous mystery writer, the novelist the world now knows as Raymond Chandler.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: MX Publishing (December 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780927053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780927053
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces

Customer Reviews

For fans of good writing -- and of Holmes and of Chandler

5 people found this helpful.
 on December 21, 2014
By EpisodicReader
Many people have written stories in the style of Dr. Watson's accounts of Sherlock Holmes. But style alone doesn't make quality. Daniel Victor has done much more in "The Final Page of Baker Street." Victor's creation of Watson's account of a case includes a large role for Billy, Holmes's Page Boy. Billy's own account of his work in the case are included, written in a different but equally convincing style. And that's only the beginning of what is so appealing about this book.

A Masterful Juxtaposition

3 people found this helpful.
 on December 17, 2014
By The Group W Bench
Author Daniel D. Victor has carved out a wonderful niche for himself in the world of Sherlock Holmes pastiche writing. Since his first excellent novel "The Seventh Bullet," in which American author David Graham Phillips' murder is investigated by Sherlock Holmes, Victor has also penned "A Study In Synchronicity," the story of a contemporary American high school teacher whose award-winning story using fictional British private eye Corliss Simms (a thinly disguised version of Sherlock Holmes) lands him in the middle of a tangled murder mystery in the Cotswolds, and, now, "The Final Page Of Baker Street," in which American crime fiction writer Raymond Chandler is portrayed as a teenage page working for Holmes and Watson during his school years in early 20th Century England. Victor has clearly found a comfortable fit in a literary landscape where the lives of American authors intersect with the quaintly dangerous doings of the celebrated sleuth Holmes and his faithful biographer Watson in and around London's Baker Street. "The Final Page Of Baker Street" seamlessly weaves spot-on evocations of Sir Author Conan Doyle's--um, I mean Dr. Watson's--narrative style with the hard-boiled sass of Chandler's own later writings that take place in Los Angeles of the '20s-'30s-'40s. Although the methods of inquiry are undeniably Holmesian, the plot has the distinct feel of Raymond Chandler classics like "The Long Goodbye" and "The Big Sleep," as well as capturing Chandler's iconic penchants for gritty rain, wise-guy comeback lines, and alluring older women. The appearance of arch-villain Colonel Sebastian Moran, devoted protegé of sinister mastermind Professor James Moriarty, adds the extra oomph that gives this novel the fuel it needs to propel it past so many other Holmes pastiches out there. Victor's meticulous attention to detail, an eye for synchronicities (both concerning the plot itself and the real-life details of Raymond Chandler's upbringing), as well as an obvious reverence for the canonical nature of the Holmes tradition make this yet another grand achievement from the pen of a talented author. I read in a Goodreads interview with Victor that he is also planning novels that will feature Sherlock Holmes' involvement with 2 more American authors: Stephen Crane and Mark Twain. My knickers are damp with anticipation of this ongoing exploration. "The Final Page Of Baker Street" is a delight whether you are a Sherlockian, a Chandlerite, or just simply a lover of clever, inspired, slightly postmodern storytelling.

Excellent noir fiction in Edwardian dress

 on October 2, 2016
By Thomas A. Turley
This is the second of Mr. Victor’s three-book series, Sherlock Holmes and the American Literati. (The others focus on Mark Twain and Stephen Crane.) Here, as the title indicates, young Raymond Chandler becomes the last “Billy the page” employed by Mrs. Hudson, after her famous tenant has redeemed him from the throes of teenage lust. Later a budding writer under Dr. Watson’s tutelage, “Billy” retains his eye for a well-turned ankle. His eventual temptress is a true Raymond Chandler heroine (think Lauren Bacall, not Irene Adler) who has somehow missed her proper continent and era. Even Sherlock Holmes recognizes the lady’s duplicitous charms, while Watson—who shows an odd streak of prudery for an old soldier—stammers like a schoolboy in her presence. The alluring Mrs. Sterne leads our heroes through several false endings to this complicated case, as it is Mr. Victor’s premise that Chandler’s early experience as a detective informed the plots of his crime novels. The case itself involves a love story wherein everyone (defying Casablanca) does the wrong thing. A few surprises come along the way: for example, the villainous Colonel Moran actually does something nice. Throughout the novel, Mr. Victor exhibits well-drawn characters, an appropriate Edwardian style, and a commendable knowledge of his story’s historical and literary context. The Final Page of Baker Street succeeds brilliantly, both as a Sherlockian pastiche and as an “early” example of noir fiction. Having enjoyed this one, I shall certainly investigate Holmes’ interactions with Mssrs. Crane and Twain.

i thoroughly enjoyed the book

 on February 8, 2015
By Albaluz
i thoroughly enjoyed the book, which is not to say that i enjoyed it thoroughly from beginning to end but more to say how entertained and deeply satisfied i felt upon finishing. the 'noir' reference and the 'long goodbye' to finish were very pleasing for me, rather like chandler's own references to l.a. streets we all know and love.

Wonderful Read!

 on January 14, 2015
By SJC
I hesitate to use the word "masterpiece" for any contemporary work of fiction, but this one comes very close. It is clever, entertaining, and, most important, literate. As another reviewer has said, the book beautifully captures the spirit and the feel of pre-World War I England. But of course it is much more than that. The author has managed to make the relationship between Holmes, Watson, and Raymond Chandler so convincing that, even though you realize this is fiction, you still want it to be true! You're thinking, "So THIS is how 'The Long Goodbye' came into being."

As good as the real Sherlock

 on March 3, 2015
By Jan Weeks
As a "fan"atic of Sherlock Holmes, I was skeptical about another knock-off, but by chapter three I was drawn into the story. A good read.

book review

 on February 25, 2015
By Randal
another author who does a good job with the Holmes detective mysteries.

Introducing Raymond Chandler as the final "Billy the Page".

13 people found this helpful.
 on December 4, 2014
By Philip K. Jones
This book is based on the assumption that the final page (Billy the Page) employed at 221 Baker Street while Holmes lived there was Raymond Chandler. Within the world of the Canon, this is a plausible assumption. During 1903, Raymond Chandler was a day-student at Dulwich College (UK, Secondary School), near London. After leaving Dulwich, he became a professional writer and he stayed in the UK until 1911. Since Raymond was born in Kansas, he retained American citizenship, even though his mother, who was Irish, brought him to England to live with her mother after his father deserted them.

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