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* DoctorDoctorDoctor: Blended with a OneSteveLimit aversion. Professor James Moriarty takes his henchman, Colonel Moran, to visit his brother, Colonel Moriarty... who is ''also'' named James. And they're discussing ''a third'' James, leading to a conversation like this:
--> '''Professor Moriarty''': James.
--> '''Colonel Moriarty''': James. Colonel.
--> '''Moran''': Colonel.
--> '''Colonel Moriarty''': It's James, James.
--> '''Professor''': James, James?
--> '''Moran''': James, Colonel?
--> '''Colonel Moriarty''': Yes, Colonel. [[OverlyLongGag James]].


** Possibly Colonel Moriarty's Xeniades Club, a dark mirror of the Diogenes Club owned by Mycroft Holmes. We never get any indication that it's anything but a debate club, but the founder is certainly more than he appears, and compare how Diogenes is treated in Kim Newman's other works.

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** Possibly Colonel Moriarty's Xeniades Club, a dark mirror of the Diogenes Club owned by Mycroft Holmes. We never get any indication that it's anything but a debate club, but the founder is certainly more than he appears, and compare how Diogenes is treated in Kim Newman's other works. Note also that Xeniades is, in antiquity, the man who owned Diogenes the Cynic as a slave.


** [[Literature/FuManchu The Lord of Strange Deaths]], and his daughter. Lampshaded in a footnote where Professor Temple says she knows his identity, "or at least the name he most commonly used", but has been warned that there are still people acting for him and it would be... inadvisable... to be spilling the beans.

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** [[Literature/FuManchu The Lord of Strange Deaths]], and his daughter. Lampshaded in a footnote where Professor Temple says she knows his identity, "or at least the name he most commonly used", but has been warned that there are still people acting for him and it would be... inadvisable... to be spilling the beans.[[note]]This one's equally meta and even more convoluted; while the Lord's stories are now in the public domain, the character's ''name'' is a registered trademark owned by his creator's estate. In other words, while you can technically use the character you have to pay to use his name. Ironically, this is actually quite fitting, given how the Lord's whole deal is being shrouded in mystery and legend as a quasi-supernatural villain of immense power.[[/note]]


* EgomaniacHunter: Moriarty, carrying over but exaggerated from Arthur Conan Doyle's portrayal, is a famous big game hunter and a hedonistic, thrillseeking near-sociopath.

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** Madame Castafiore is deemed painful to all but her followers, continuing the joke from Tintin comics
* EgomaniacHunter: Moriarty, Moran, carrying over but exaggerated from Arthur Conan Doyle's portrayal, is a famous big game hunter and a hedonistic, thrillseeking near-sociopath.

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* TheSyndicate: Moriarty proposes that he and his crime lord colleagues form one of these, but specifically advises against putting any one of them in charge, calling it a "commonwealth", not an empire. [[spoiler: Moriarty actually has no interest in creating any such thing, and doubts the others would ever agree to it. He just wanted them all in one place so he could scope them all out]].


* BoomerangBigot: Moran has bad things to say about natives, Italians, the French, Americans,and homosexuals, but as the narrator notes in the preface, he seems to hate straight white British males most of all.

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* BoomerangBigot: Moran has bad things to say about natives, Italians, the French, Americans,and Americans, and homosexuals, but as the narrator notes in the preface, he seems to hate straight white British males most of all.



* JadeColoredGlasses: Moran's narrative is much more cynical than Watson's. In the latter, Sherlock nearly always comes out on top, Irene Adler was as cunning as beautiful, and Reichenbach was an epic showdown between intellectual titans. In the former, Sherlock was totally duped, Adler is rather crass and snide, and Reichenbach... well, more was going on that we were led to believe.

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* JadeColoredGlasses: Moran's narrative is much more cynical than Watson's. In the latter, Sherlock nearly always comes out on top, Irene Adler was as cunning as beautiful, and Reichenbach was an epic showdown between intellectual titans. In the former, Sherlock was totally duped, Adler is rather crass and snide, and Reichenbach... well, more was going on that than we were led to believe.


* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In "The Red Planet League", Moriarty keeps vampire squid alive by feeding them mice. Real vampire squid are scavengers who eat the remains of marine invertebrates and are not adapted to hunt living prey. (The narration points out that they wouldn't eat mice normally; it's implied Moriarty is training them to enjoy blood and meat.)



* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In "The Red Planet League", Moriarty keeps vampire squid alive by feeding them mice. Real vampire squid are scavengers who eat the remains of marine invertebrates and are not adapted to hunt living prey. (The narration points out that they wouldn't eat mice normally; it's implied Moriarty is training them to enjoy blood and meat.)


Newman has indicated that these stories - along with those which comprise his ''AngelsOfMusic'' novels - are loosely set in the same shared universe as his earlier DiogenesClub series.

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The version of Irene Adler featured in this book also appears in Newman's ''Literature/AngelsOfMusic''. Newman has indicated that these stories - along with those which comprise his ''AngelsOfMusic'' novels - both are loosely set in the same shared universe as his earlier DiogenesClub Literature/DiogenesClub series.

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Newman has indicated that these stories - along with those which comprise his ''AngelsOfMusic'' novels - are loosely set in the same shared universe as his earlier DiogenesClub series.


* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In "The Red Planet League", Moriarty keeps vampire squid alive by feeding them mice. Real vampire squid are scavengers who eat the remains of marine invertebrates and are not adapted to hunt living prey (the narration points out that they wouldn't eat mice normally, its implied Moriarty is training them to enjoy blood and meat).

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In "The Red Planet League", Moriarty keeps vampire squid alive by feeding them mice. Real vampire squid are scavengers who eat the remains of marine invertebrates and are not adapted to hunt living prey (the prey. (The narration points out that they wouldn't eat mice normally, its normally; it's implied Moriarty is training them to enjoy blood and meat).meat.)



** Sir Nevil Airey Stent in "The Red Planet League", he's a jerk who has no compunction about cheating on his wife, treats everyone like dirt, and actually has a List (capital "L") of enemies and publicly refutes Moriarty's academic work purely for revenge.

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** Sir Nevil Airey Stent in "The Red Planet League", he's League" is a jerk who has no compunction about cheating on his wife, treats everyone like dirt, and actually has a List (capital "L") of enemies and publicly refutes Moriarty's academic work purely for revenge.



* CharacterTics: Moriarty's neck movements, which he seems completely unaware of (established in his brief description in The Final Problem). His brothers do the same thing, and when Moriarty goes in disguise, his oscillating gives him away (he makes it work for him one time.)
** Moran notes that he's very obvious to read-when he's happy he smiles like an idiot and when he's angry he frowns like thunder. People can tell he's mad by how red he gets.
** Lassiter chews his moustache when he's frustrated-which the card sharp Moriarty picks up on.

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* CharacterTics: CharacterTics:
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Moriarty's neck movements, which he seems completely unaware of (established in his brief description in The "The Final Problem).Problem"). His brothers do the same thing, and when Moriarty goes in disguise, his oscillating gives him away (he makes it work for him one time.)
** Moran notes that he's very obvious to read-when read--when he's happy he smiles like an idiot and when he's angry he frowns like thunder. People can tell he's mad by how red he gets.
** Lassiter chews his moustache when he's frustrated-which frustrated--which the card sharp Moriarty picks up on.



* EndOfAnAge: Moriarty gives a speech about this in "The Problem of the Final Adventure", but there's a more serious version in "The Greek Invertebrate," where the ForgottenSuperweapon (GreekFire) foreshadows UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Moriarty the eldest talks about how Moran's day as a soldier is over with the advent of technological terrors like the Lampros, and while he's not quite right, Moran is of the mind that weapons like the train (and even gatling guns) "rather take the sport out of it."

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* EndOfAnAge: EndOfAnAge:
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Moriarty gives a speech about this in "The Problem of the Final Adventure", but there's foretelling the end of the age of master criminals.
** There's
a more serious version in "The Greek Invertebrate," Invertebrate", where the ForgottenSuperweapon (GreekFire) foreshadows UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Moriarty the eldest talks about how Moran's day as a soldier is over with the advent of technological terrors like the Lampros, and while he's not quite right, Moran is of the mind that weapons like the train (and even gatling guns) "rather take the sport out of it."



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Moran is disgusted by Colonel Moriarty's ideas of modern warfare in "The Greek Invertebrate." In "The Problem of the Final Adventure," Moriarty is either shocked or appalled (or both) that Mabuse would dare get at him through his brothers. Moriarty is undoubtedly shocked, however, at Mabuse's use of his orderly, "mathematical" approach to crime to spread chaos which he sees ultimately as imitation and does ''not'' find it flattering.
* EvilAlbino: Nakszynski, the hired gunman who "once ate a Canadian mounted policeman's liver" in "The Hound of the d'Urbervilles."

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EvenEvilHasStandards:
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Moran is disgusted by Colonel Moriarty's ideas of modern warfare in "The Greek Invertebrate." Invertebrate".
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In "The Problem of the Final Adventure," Adventure", Moriarty is either shocked or appalled (or both) that Mabuse would dare get at him through his brothers. Moriarty is undoubtedly shocked, however, at Mabuse's use of his orderly, "mathematical" approach to crime to spread chaos which he sees ultimately as imitation and does ''not'' find it flattering.
* EvilAlbino: Nakszynski, the hired gunman who "once ate a Canadian mounted policeman's liver" in "The Hound of the d'Urbervilles."d'Urbervilles".



* ImprobableAimingSkills: In "A Volume in Vermillion," Moran points out that Lassiter's reputation with a pistol is ridiculous: "With anything further away than a dozen yards, you might as well ''throw'' the gun as fire it." [[spoiler: Lassiter still turns out to be Moran's match, though.]]

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: In "A Volume in Vermillion," Vermillion", Moran points out that Lassiter's reputation with a pistol is ridiculous: "With anything further away than a dozen yards, you might as well ''throw'' the gun as fire it." [[spoiler: Lassiter still turns out to be Moran's match, though.]]



* KickTheDog:
** Moran has (thwarted) plans to kill one kid's annoying little dog (he notes that in some country's it wouldn't be a big deal and points out that in London, it'd be less of a fuss to kill the kid).

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* KickTheDog:
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KickTheDog: Moran has (thwarted) plans to kill one kid's annoying little dog (he notes that in some country's countries it wouldn't be a big deal and points out that in London, it'd be less of a fuss to kill the kid).



** Mabus, true to form.

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** Mabus, Mabuse, true to form.



* MusclesAreMeaningless: Moriarty demonstrates in "A Volume in Vermilion" and "The Greek Invertebrate" that he's much, much stronger than he looks. Moran mentions its because he holds to a strange diet of carrot shavings and melon seeds.

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* MusclesAreMeaningless: Moriarty demonstrates in "A Volume in Vermilion" and "The Greek Invertebrate" that he's much, much stronger than he looks. Moran mentions its it's because he holds to a strange diet of carrot shavings and melon seeds.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: The mastermind in "The Hound of the D'Urbervilles". To wit he crushes Mora's gun hand under his boot but it comes off as an accident even to Moran-at first.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: The mastermind in "The Hound of the D'Urbervilles". To wit he crushes Mora's Moran's gun hand under his boot but it comes off as an accident even to Moran-at Moran--at first.



* ParentalFavoritism: Professor Moriarty's parents favored their youngest son their elders, though it seems largely on the part of his father, James the first who grew to dislike the Professor and so named his next son James, and then grew to dislike him, but never to dislike the youngest before the Moriarty parents died. (Moriarty mentions he doesn't remember his mother talking much at all, implying she may have been abused in her own way by papa James)

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* ParentalFavoritism: Professor Moriarty's parents favored their youngest son over their elders, though it seems largely on the part of his father, James the first first, who grew to dislike the Professor and so named his next son James, and then grew to dislike him, but never to dislike the youngest before the Moriarty parents died. (Moriarty mentions he doesn't remember his mother talking much at all, implying she may have been abused in her own way by papa James)James.)



** An uncharacteristic one from Moriarty in "The Problem of the Final Adventure," when he realizes that they've been tricked into killing the wrong man.
** Moran when Moriarty reveals himself in "The Hound of the D'Urbervilles." Immediately followed by an OhCrap, as Moriarty does not appreciate insults hurled his way.

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** An uncharacteristic one from Moriarty in "The Problem of the Final Adventure," Adventure", when he realizes that they've been tricked into killing the wrong man.
** Moran when Moriarty reveals himself in "The Hound of the D'Urbervilles." D'Urbervilles". Immediately followed by an OhCrap, as Moriarty does not appreciate insults hurled his way.



* SadistTeacher: Moriarty [[spoiler:drives one of his former students insane]] in "The Red Planet League." According to Moran, he also "slowly put a youth to death for misplacing a decimal point."

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* SadistTeacher: Moriarty [[spoiler:drives one of his former students insane]] in "The Red Planet League." League". According to Moran, he also "slowly put a youth to death for misplacing a decimal point."



* SpidersAreScary: In "The Hound of the D'Urbervilles," Moran admits to arachnophobia.

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* SpidersAreScary: In "The Hound of the D'Urbervilles," D'Urbervilles", Moran admits to arachnophobia.



** There's another slight case in Moriarty talking about his meeting with Holmes. Holmes' version makes Moriarty seem angrier, and Moriarty's version makes Holmes sound afraid and includes only one real deviation-that Moriarty corrected Holmes for calling him Mr. and not Professor.

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** There's another slight case in Moriarty talking about his meeting with Holmes. Holmes' version makes Moriarty seem angrier, and Moriarty's version makes Holmes sound afraid and includes only one real deviation-that deviation--that Moriarty corrected Holmes for calling him Mr. and not Professor.

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** There's another slight case in Moriarty talking about his meeting with Holmes. Holmes' version makes Moriarty seem angrier, and Moriarty's version makes Holmes sound afraid and includes only one real deviation-that Moriarty corrected Holmes for calling him Mr. and not Professor.


** [[spoiler:Mabuse.]]

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** [[spoiler:Mabuse.]]Mabus, true to form.



* MusclesAreMeaningless: Moriarty demonstrates in "A Volume in Vermilion" and "The Greek Invertebrate" that he's much, much stronger than he looks.

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* MusclesAreMeaningless: Moriarty demonstrates in "A Volume in Vermilion" and "The Greek Invertebrate" that he's much, much stronger than he looks. Moran mentions its because he holds to a strange diet of carrot shavings and melon seeds.



* NotHisSled: [[spoiler:Two people are proposed as Moriarty's archenemy over the course of the book; neither is Sherlock Holmes, whom Moriarty never regards as more than an occasional nuisance.]]

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* NotHisSled: [[spoiler:Two [[spoiler: Three people are proposed as Moriarty's archenemy over the course of the book; neither is Sherlock Holmes, whom Moriarty never regards as more than an occasional nuisance.]]



* ObfuscatingStupidity: The mastermind in "The Hound of the D'Urbervilles".

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: The mastermind in "The Hound of the D'Urbervilles". To wit he crushes Mora's gun hand under his boot but it comes off as an accident even to Moran-at first.



* ParentalFavoritism: Professor Moriarty's parents favored their youngest son over him or his brother, to the point that Moriarty and his second-youngest brother resent the youngest.

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* ParentalFavoritism: Professor Moriarty's parents favored their youngest son over him or their elders, though it seems largely on the part of his brother, to father, James the point that first who grew to dislike the Professor and so named his next son James, and then grew to dislike him, but never to dislike the youngest before the Moriarty and parents died. (Moriarty mentions he doesn't remember his second-youngest brother resent the youngest.mother talking much at all, implying she may have been abused in her own way by papa James)


* FakeUltimateHero: And Fake Ultimate Villain. Neither Holmes nor Moriarty come across as especially cunning in Moran's account of the Reichenbach incident.


* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In "The Red Planet League", Moriarty keeps vampire squid alive by feeding them mice. Real vampire squid are scavengers who eat the remains of marine invertebrates and are not adapted to hunt living prey.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In "The Red Planet League", Moriarty keeps vampire squid alive by feeding them mice. Real vampire squid are scavengers who eat the remains of marine invertebrates and are not adapted to hunt living prey. prey (the narration points out that they wouldn't eat mice normally, its implied Moriarty is training them to enjoy blood and meat).



** Sir Nevil Airey Stent in "The Red Planet League".

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** Sir Nevil Airey Stent in "The Red Planet League".League", he's a jerk who has no compunction about cheating on his wife, treats everyone like dirt, and actually has a List (capital "L") of enemies and publicly refutes Moriarty's academic work purely for revenge.



** Diggory Venn carries a quarterstaff during the hunting expedition for Red Shuck.

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** Diggory Venn carries a quarterstaff during the hunting expedition for Red Shuck.Shuck, and Moran notes that he's seen men with long sticks beat men with short swords.



* CharacterTics: Moriarty's neck movements, which he seems completely unaware of (established in his brief description in The Final Problem). His brothers do the same thing, and the one time Moriarty goes in disguise, his oscillating gives him away.

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* CharacterTics: Moriarty's neck movements, which he seems completely unaware of (established in his brief description in The Final Problem). His brothers do the same thing, and the one time when Moriarty goes in disguise, his oscillating gives him away.away (he makes it work for him one time.)
** Moran notes that he's very obvious to read-when he's happy he smiles like an idiot and when he's angry he frowns like thunder. People can tell he's mad by how red he gets.
** Lassiter chews his moustache when he's frustrated-which the card sharp Moriarty picks up on.



* TheDreaded: While Moriarty has nothing but contempt for the Thin Man (i.e. Sherlock Holmes) and considers him an easily duped pawn at best, even he is intimidated by the Thin Man's brother, the Fat Man (i.e. Mycroft Holmes).
* DreadfulMusician: Irene Adler, according to Moriarty and Moran.

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* TheDreaded: While Moriarty has nothing but contempt for the Thin Man (i.e. Sherlock Holmes) and considers him an easily duped pawn at best, even he is intimidated by the Thin Man's brother, the Fat Man (i.e. Mycroft Holmes). \n Moran describes him in narration as "terrifying."
* DreadfulMusician: Irene Adler, according to Moriarty and Moran. Moran, being so bad that one of her conductors shot his brains out after her dismal performance.



* EndOfAnAge: Moriarty gives a speech about this in "The Problem of the Final Adventure", but there's a more serious version in "The Greek Invertebrate," where the ForgottenSuperweapon (GreekFire) foreshadows UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.

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* EndOfAnAge: Moriarty gives a speech about this in "The Problem of the Final Adventure", but there's a more serious version in "The Greek Invertebrate," where the ForgottenSuperweapon (GreekFire) foreshadows UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Moriarty the eldest talks about how Moran's day as a soldier is over with the advent of technological terrors like the Lampros, and while he's not quite right, Moran is of the mind that weapons like the train (and even gatling guns) "rather take the sport out of it."



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Moran is disgusted by Colonel Moriarty's ideas of modern warfare in "The Greek Invertebrate." In "The Problem of the Final Adventure," Moriarty is either shocked or appalled (or both) that Mabuse would dare get at him through his brothers. Moriarty is undoubtedly shocked, however, at Mabuse's use of his orderly, "mathematical" approach to crime to spread chaos.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Moran is disgusted by Colonel Moriarty's ideas of modern warfare in "The Greek Invertebrate." In "The Problem of the Final Adventure," Moriarty is either shocked or appalled (or both) that Mabuse would dare get at him through his brothers. Moriarty is undoubtedly shocked, however, at Mabuse's use of his orderly, "mathematical" approach to crime to spread chaos.chaos which he sees ultimately as imitation and does ''not'' find it flattering.


* FreudianExcuse: Moriarty and Moran are both revealed to have had unhappy childhoods with unpleasant fathers. Moran's was the usual sort of unhappy childhood for a man of his period and social class; Moriarty's was uniquely horrible.

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* FreudianExcuse: Moriarty and Moran are both revealed to have had unhappy childhoods with unpleasant fathers. Moran's was the usual sort of unhappy childhood for a man of his period and social class; Moriarty's was uniquely horrible.horrible and Moriarty states that if things had been different, he (and his brothers) would be, too.



** Moran has (thwarted) plans to kill one kid's annoying little dog.
** At one point, Moriarty pins a kitten to the fireplace mantel as part of a drug experiment.

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** Moran has (thwarted) plans to kill one kid's annoying little dog.
** At one point, Moriarty pins
dog (he notes that in some country's it wouldn't be a kitten to the fireplace mantel as part big deal and points out that in London, it'd be less of a drug experiment.fuss to kill the kid).

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