Dust (Richard Jury Series #21)

Dust (Richard Jury Series #21)

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by Martha Grimes
     
 

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When an old friend pulls Richard Jury into the investigation of a wealthy bachelor's murder, Jury's not sure what's more perplexing: the circumstances of the fellow's death, the conflicting stories of the man's past, or the motivations of the case's chief inspecting officer, the beautiful and forbidding Lu Aguilar. What Jury is sure of is that he's in over his head,… See more details below

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When an old friend pulls Richard Jury into the investigation of a wealthy bachelor's murder, Jury's not sure what's more perplexing: the circumstances of the fellow's death, the conflicting stories of the man's past, or the motivations of the case's chief inspecting officer, the beautiful and forbidding Lu Aguilar. What Jury is sure of is that he's in over his head, both with the inscrutable and challenging Aguilar and the false leads surrounding the once-charismatic Billy Maples, last seen in a club called Dust.

A web of clues draws Jury to London's trendy Clerkenwell galleries, clubs and hotels, to the dark stories behind Maples's family, and to the Sussex town of Rye, where Billy had temporarily cared for Lamb House, the charming home where Henry James composed his three masterworks...a place with secrets of his own. With Melrose Plant's investigating Lamb House and with Aguilar's interceding, Scotland Yard's finest, and now infamous, Richard Jury, will need every bit of his intelligence and quiet charm to close in on a mysterious young cousin of Maples's, and crack the case.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Following hard upon the action of 2006's twisty The Old Wine Shades, Grimes's equally intricate 21st Richard Jury mystery brings the Scotland Yard superintendent to a shady London hotel to investigate the murder of wealthy bachelor Billy Maples. Jury discovers connections between the murder case and the distant past through Maples's grandfather, who served as one of Britain's top code breakers during WWII. Allusions to the literary themes of Henry James lend depth. The superintendent also encounters some major romantic complications in the form of gorgeous Det. Insp. Lu Aguilar, the lead detective on the case, and Scotland Yard pathologist Phyllis Nancy. Ably abetted by his longtime amateur colleague, Melrose Plant, Jury deftly and doggedly pursues the killer. While still several notches below P.D. James's outstanding psychological whodunits, this excellent series consistently entertains-and in a way that's accessible for newcomers. 8-city author tour. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Scotland Yard Supt. Richard Jury is dragged into his 22nd case by the first of many children wise and meddlesome beyond their years. Because he looks taller than 13, Benny Keegan is able to talk his way first into a job as kitchen help at the Zetter, a "restaurant with rooms" in Clerkenwell, and then into pinch-hitting for room-service waiter Gilbert Snow. That's why he's the one who finds the body of Billy Maples, and that's why his old acquaintance Richard Jury, whom he telephones, joins beautiful Islington Inspector Lu Aguilar on the case. (Joining her in bed-early, often and volcanically-is Jury's own idea.) It's hard to imagine who killed inoffensive Billy, who loved Henry James and contemporary painting and who died intestate, leaving his considerable trust fund to a wealthy father who scarcely needed it. It'll be up to Jury and his foppish friend Melrose Plant, in a role that suits him unusually well this time, to connect the dots between Billy's murder, James's novels and a long-buried WWII outrage so ghastly that it turns the heat on everyone in Billy's circle, from his confidential assistant Kurt Brunner to his ex-lover Angela Riffley to a brace of relatives who look more sinister on each return visit. Series fans will welcome the return of plausible psychopath Harry Johnson (The Old Wine Shades, Feb. 2006) and several key supporting players that Grimes presents with sympathetic insight.
Library Journal
Turner's debut novel balances on the following premise: What if zombies weren't merely shambling corpses but were sentient unto themselves, with their own language, structure, and desires? Actress/narrator Eva Amurri delivers a stellar performance: her gritty voice, unemotional delivery, and clear understanding of character motives put listeners alongside her in every scene. Unfortunately, there are some massive plot holes—e.g., knowing, as they do, that the buried dead rise as zombies, wouldn't the powers that be have opted to cremate our young protagonist rather than burying her following her death in a car accident?—and the narrative requires significant suspension of disbelief. Recommended only where this genre does well. [The Ace: Berkley hc was a zombie fiction roundup selection, LJ 10/15/10.—Ed.]—Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Salt Lake City

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451222664
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/04/2007
Series:
Richard Jury Series, #21
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
229,785
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.54(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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