"A joy to read from start to finish...a thrilling, believable rendering of our beloved detective in his twilight years. I can't recommend this novel enough." -- Mitch Cullin, author of A Slight Trick of the Mind, the basis for the film, "Mr. Holmes".
"...an engrossing display of Holmesian scholarship, bent on convincing us that Holmes was not the Victorian gentleman the late Watson portrayed. It's a fascinating read, smart and entertaining...it's Holmes confronting alternate universes, and it's wonderful." -- Booklist, starred review
"In this brilliant imagining by Gordon McAlpine... Prepare to have your mind blown!" -- Leslie S. Klinger, editor of the Edgar Award-winning New Annotated Sherlock Holmes
"Woman with a Blue Pencil is a brilliantly structured labyrinth of a novel -- something of an enigma wrapped in a mystery, postmodernist in its experimental bravado and yet satisfyingly well-grounded in the Los Angeles of its World War II era. Gordon McAlpine has imagined a totally unique work of 'mystery' fiction -- one that Kafka, Borges, and Nabokov, as well as Dashiell Hammett, would have appreciated." -- Joyce Carol Oates
“Hammett Unwritten accomplishes the next-best thing to writing the unwritten—it satisfies the insatiable longing for another Dashiell Hammett novel… In a way far more satisfying than the truth could ever be, it also answers the nagging question of why Hammett never wrote another book....[giving] his life the hard-boiled second act it most certainly deserved.”
-- Paste Magazine