This was my first book by Chabon and it was the one of two that my friend Chas recommended as a starting point. I must say I enjoy Chabon's style and look forward to reading another. However, I was disappointed with the fairly thin plot and by what I would call a simplistic tribute to the Holmes legacy. Certainly there were times in which the author started to pull other aspects into the story that would have turned this into more than a Sherlockian imitation but I felt they just didn't "take off".. Essentially the story was just too brief. I did enjoy the writing and the story but I think I would have been better off with one of his longer books. I look forward to reading more by this author. I suspect this may not be the work that explains why Chabon is so greatly admired.