Empty Mirror

The Empty Mirror - J. Sydney Jones "The Empty Mirror" owes a great deal to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. In fact, Holmes is mentioned several times throughout the novel, which sees a physician-turned-criminologist and a lawyer investigating a series of Jack the Ripper-type slayings in fin-de-siecle Vienna. Werthen, the lawyer, is brought into the fray when one of the victims is revealed to be an artists' model for his client Gustav Klimt.The book incorporates political intrigues of the day as well as an outstanding look at the changes in evidence-handling procedures since 1898 (fingerprint evidence is not yet considered in court, for example).While the author posits this book as interesting to admirers of Klimt's work, the artist is only a peripheral character in the tale. You do learn something of his unusual portraiture techniques as an aside, but he really does not feature heavily. Sherlock Holmes fans, though, will find much to like about Herr Doktor Gross, the criminologist, and his investigatory techniques.(Review based on advance uncorrected proof.)