Michael Kurland is a writer of Speculative Fiction
and Mystery Fiction
. Michael Kurland is also a character in the Hugo
-nominated science fiction novel, The Butterfly Kid
, by Chester Anderson (which also starred Anderson), and its sequel, The Unicorn Girl
, by...Michael Kurland (which introduced the character of Tom "T.A." Waters, who wrote the third book in the series). The entire series can be found at The Greenwich Trilogy
Kurland has also written two novels in the Lord Darcy
series, and a variety of other SF, and the Professor Moriarty
series featuring the Sherlock Holmes
villain as an Anti-Hero
. The first of the Moriarty novels, The Infernal Device
, was nominated for an Edgar award.
Works with a page on this Wiki:
Other works by Michael Kurland include:
- The Alexander Brass series:
- Too Soon Dead
- The Girls in the High-Heeled Shoes
- The Last President
- The Princes of Earth
- The Professor Moriarty series:
- The Infernal Device
- Death by Gaslight
- The Great Game
- The Empress of India
- Who Thinks Evil
- Ten Years to Doomsday (with Chester Anderson)
- Tomorrow Knight
- The War, Incorporated series:
- Mission: Third Force
- Mission: Tank War
- A Plague of Spies
- The Whenabouts of Burr
Other works provide examples of:
- Alternate Universe: The Whenabouts of Burr involves quite a bit of world-hopping.
- Amnesiac Liar: In the Moriarty novel, The Empress of India, Sherlock Holmes manages to do it to himself. He has a secret identity as a criminal, as a way of keeping an eye on the criminal underworld. When he suffers a Tap on the Head and wakes up in this lair, he deduces that this is his true identity, and proceeds to become a successful criminal.
- Deadpan Snarker: Moriarty, to no one's great surprise, but also Cecily Perrine.
- In The Empress of India, Margaret St. Yves and Peter Collins bond over their mutual snark.
- Defective Detective: in the Moriarty series, Sherlock Holmes is portrayed as rather more defective than in the original series, especially when it comes to analyzing matters involving Prof. Moriarty himself.
- Demoted to Extra: The Barnetts after The Great Game.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Count D'Hiver in Death by Gaslight.
- Discriminate and Switch: Early in The Great Game, we meet a pawnbroker and moneylender who complains about being constantly on the receiving end of antisemitism. Except that he isn't Jewish...
- Expy: In the Moriarty series, as you'd expect. Moriarty for Holmes, Benjamin Barnett for Watson, Cecily Perrine for Mary Morstan, and the Mendicants for the Baker Street Irregulars. Moriarty also has his own version of Irene Adler. Irene herself shows up in Who Thinks Evil as a nun.
- Hypocritical Humor: Moriarty, sneering at Holmes' Defective Detective personality, remarks that Holmes has remained a bachelor. Cue Barnett pointing out that so has Moriarty. The good professor has to concede the point.
- Just Like Robin Hood: Although Moriarty doesn't work for free, he's also not committing crimes For the Evulz, either, and some of his activities are intended to help right other crimes that the law doesn't touch.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: The Barnetts want children, but as of The Great Game, Cecily has had two miscarriages. By the time of Who Thinks Evil, set several years later, they're still childless.
- Master of Disguise: Moriarty. Holmes' efforts in this respect become a Running Gag.
- Not So Different: The Moriarty novel The Infernal Device makes this point about Holmes and Moriarty: by and large, they're the same person on different sides of the law. That being said, the novels represent Moriarty as a more stable personality than Holmes (see Defective Detective).
- One-Letter Name: Moriarty's housekeeper, Mrs. H.
- Reset Button / Status Quo Is God: Moriarty and Holmes wind up working together in every novel, but Holmes' opinion of Moriarty at the end always remains unchanged.
- Servile Snarker: Moriarty's servants Mr. Maws and Mummer Tolliver.
- Djuna in The Empress of India.
- Shout-Out: In The Empress of India, Moriarty is assaulted by a man named Plum wielding a lead pipe.
- The Moriarty novels in general avoid Whole Plot Reference, but The Empress of India does the equivalent of "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons" from the criminal's point of view.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Holmes is the private version of this in the Moriarty novels. Lestrade averts the trope, as he usually rolls his eyes whenever Holmes goes off on a Moriarty tangent.
- Sympathetic Murderer: Chardino in the Moriarty novel Death by Gaslight. Lampshaded by Moriarty, who thinks that the best road to justice would be allowing the killer to keep going, and who also doesn't stop Chardino from setting off a bomb that kills twenty-six more people at the end. Even Holmes has to agree.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Several times with Holmes and Moriarty in the Moriarty novels.
- Villain Protagonist: Deconstructed. Moriarty is a crook when the need arises, but he's as honorable as Holmes.
- Worthy Opponent: In the Moriarty novels, Holmes sees Moriarty this way. Moriarty usually doesn't return the compliment, although he does express genuine admiration for Holmes' skill in The Great Game.