"Backward-facing footprints, spirits" - Former NBA great writes book about Trinidad

Date: 
Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 00:00

NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has written the Sherlock Holmes spin-off novel Mycroft Holmes, and it is getting good reviews.

The retired professional basketballer teamed-up with screenwriter Anna Waterhouse to co-write the book, which is set in England and Trinidad.

The story centres on Sherlock Holmes' older brother Mycroft, a recent university graduate working for the British Secretary of State for War.

He learns of a string of strange occurrences in Trinidad - mysterious disappearances, dead children, backward facing footprints in the sand, spirits, - and heads there to investigate.

The book has earned an average 4.2/5 stars on Amazon.com, where it is available in paperback, Kindle, hardcover, and audio CD.

Abdul-Jabbar's publisher, Titan Books, said in a statement that Abdul-Jabbar had been a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle books for over 40 years.

"I was fascinated by Holmes's ability to see clues where other people saw nothing," he was quoted.

"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."

Abdul-Jabbar has also published an autobiography and written children's books.

His latest is Streetball Crew – Stealing the Game, which is currently holds a 4.7/5 rating on on Amazon.

Abdul-Jabbar played 20 seasons in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, retiring in 1989, aged 42.

Abdul-Jabbar's grandfather was a Trinidad and Tobago national.

SOURCE: http://www.stuff.co.nz

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