Think of the previous volume and the first three chapters of this one as the prologue for Moriarty the Patriot. When viewed in light of the fourth chapter in this second volume – which begins retelling A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes story published in 1887 – everything that comes before it is in service of establishing Moriarty as a criminal consultant prior to his meeting with the man who would become his nemesis. At this point it doesn’t necessarily look as if they…

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