Dust (Richard Jury Series #21)
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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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The Barnes & Noble Review
A seductive lead detective, a dark WWII secret, and the works of Henry James are all integral elements of this Martha Grimes mystery featuring aging New Scotland Yard superintendent Richard Jury.

When a wealthy bachelor is found shot to death in a hotel room in Clerkenwell, Jury is called to the scene by Benny Keegan (featured in 2001's The Blue Last), a 13-year-old boy working at the hotel who unluckily found the body. The case is taken over by Detective Inspector Lu Aguilar, a drop-dead-gorgeous investigator who practically exudes sexuality. With Jury assisting, the undertaking turns out to have numerous unforeseen complexities -- first and foremost, the unlikely duo's "volcanic" love affair. But between encounters, there are countless unanswered questions: Why was the dead man, Billy Maples, staying at Lamb House in Rye, the historic home of Henry James? What was behind his fascination with WWII? And whom was he waiting for in his hotel room the night he died?

Comparable to mysteries written by authors like Ruth Rendell, P. D. James, and Elizabeth George, Grimes's lengthy Richard Jury saga (Dust is the 21st installment) has succeeded in captivating readers for almost three decades, in large part due to her masterful character-driven plotlines and her meticulous and realistic description of present-day London and its surrounding areas. It's somehow fitting that the titles of this series are all taken from local pubs or bars; Grimes's Richard Jury novels are comfortable, familiar and always full of old -- and sometimes eccentric -- friends. Pull up a chair, grab a hot toddy, and enjoy… Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670037865
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/16/2007
Series:
Richard Jury Series, #21
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.17(d)

Meet the Author

Martha Grimes is the bestselling author of eighteen Richard Jury mysteries and also the acclaimed fiction Foul Matter, Cold Flat Junction, Hotel Paradise, The End of the Pier, and The Train Now Departing.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Washington, DC and Santa Fe, NM
Date of Birth:
May 2, 1931
Place of Birth:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A., M.A., University of Maryland
Website:
http://www.marthagrimes.com

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