Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Publish Fiction Novel about Sherlock Holmes’ Brother
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Publish Fiction Novel about Sherlock Holmes’ Brother

nullO.K. so it

may not be exactly related to black cinema, but it does involves someone who has

been involved in filmmaking, as an actor in some 23 film and TV roles (remember

he went toe-to-toe with Bruce Lee), and producer. And as I

have said more than once, I love it when a black creative person thinks

outside “the box”.

I’m talking

about basketball Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who, it was announced yesterday, has moved into a new field as a fiction novelist. His first work in

that field, entitled "Mycroft Holmes," will be published this fall, by Titan Press.

And what’s

more interesting is that, his first novel is a detective novel about Sherlock Holmes’ older genius brother Mycroft, who does appear in several Sherlock Holmes stories.

According to

the synopsis of the book, it’s set in England and Trinidad, and centers on

Mycroft, an university graduate working for the British Secretary of State for

War. “When he learns from his best friend

about some strange things going on  in

Trinidad — mysterious disappearances, dead children and backward facing

footprints in the sand – He goes to Trinidad to investigate, and to follow his

fiancée, Georgiana, who was raised on the island."

And yes, Sherlock does make a cameo appearance in the book.

When asked

why he wanted to write a Holmes mystery novel, Abdul-Jabbar said that he has always been fascinated by the Sherlock

Holmes stories, which he started reading during his rookie year in the NBA, and that “I realized more could be done with this older, smarter character and his window onto the highest levels of British

government — at a time when Britain was the most powerful country in the

world."

"Mycroft

Holmes," however is not Abdul-Jabbar’s first book. He previously has written his autobiography, some non-fiction books and has authored

several children’s books as well.

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