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The Case of the Damaged Detective

por Drew Hayes

Series: 5-Minute Sherlock (1)

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This is one of those cases where I took a chance on a book based on liking the only other work I've read by the author and that it had been given positive reviews by a couple friends. I am so glad I did. The Case of the Damaged Detective by Drew Hayes is a great re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes with a scifi/thriller twist and a healthy dose of comedy.

Someone dumped a biological weapon into a nightclub killing all but one man who woke up with no memory of his past calling himself Sherman, an off the charts IQ and believing himself to be the descendant of the fictional character Sherlock Holmes. Naturally the government wants to study Sherman's newfound genius and needs to transfer him to a different facility. Assigned to the task is agent code-name Watson. Watson is in for a more difficult than expected task as the government aren't the only ones looking to study the survivor's brain.

Sherman and Watson are a great odd couple. Sherman's condition has given him a superiority complex where he disdains the common man. What Sherman lacks in people skills he makes up for with his quick insights into everything going on around him. This leads to some hilarious conversations that would be utterly horrifying to hear in real life, though I'm right there with him on his logic to why cats secretly rule the world. As we grow to understand the nature of Sherman's condition it's easy to sympathize with the guy as he attempts to manage not going insane while staying relatively functional. Watson is an extremely competent special agent with a high level of paranoia and severe trust issues due to both his chosen profession and his recent past. Dealing with Sherman's unique requirements forces Watson to leverage his agent training in creative ways. It was great seeing these two unlikely companions grow into a good working relationship and friendship by the end.

I suspect enjoyment of this book will depend on how well you tolerate Sherman's quirks. I enjoyed it and found him entertaining though I can see how someone would find him incredibly irritating.

I listened to the audio book narrated by Scott Aiello. Aiello does a wonderful job bringing the characters to life.

This was such a fun listen. The series has lots of potential. I'll be rotating the second book into my audio cycle soon. ( )
  Narilka | Apr 17, 2021 |
DNF @ 23%

I really like the premise of this, but Drew Hayes did too good a job at making Sherman annoying. I was (mostly) enjoying the humor, and I liked the side characters and was curious to know more, but I just couldn't take Sherman's attitude for long enough to finish the book. Those who are interested in the premise and more tolerant of annoying characters would probably do just fine with this book. It's just not for me.
  ca.bookwyrm | May 19, 2020 |
The Case of the Damaged Detective
5-Minute Sherlock, Book 1
By: Drew Hayes
Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Carol Monda
This is about a guy that survives a weird event and makes him a genius but very manic and annoying! Everyone is after him for his brain.He thinks he is a descendent of Sherlock Holmes and his body guard is Watson. This story is of their travels from one place to another.
The narration was good regardless of the the book. ( )
  MontzaleeW | Dec 4, 2019 |
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