A young friend pulls Scotland Yard’s Richard Jury into the life—and death—of a wealthy bachelor.
The once-charismatic Billy Maples was last seen in a club named Dust, before his murder in a trendy London hotel. Proving as inscrutable, and challenging, to Jury as the case is the beautiful chief inspecting officer.
Before his death, Maples was a patron of London’s finest art galleries and caretaker of author Henry James’s house in Rye. It’s there where Jury installs Melrose Plant, who takes his job to heart, as Jury closes in on the dark secrets behind Maples’s friends and family.
“Delightful, surprising, even magical.”—The Washington Post
“A clever story with a profound twist...the latest hypnotically compelling work of an author who continues to surprise with every book.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
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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.
When Billy Maples is found murdered in a hotel room, Richard Jury and the case's lead detective show up at the same time. As they grapple with an investigation that takes them from Billy's favorite club, Dust, to trendy London galleries and a small town in Sussex, they also grapple with each other. The case's detective, you see, is named Lu Aguilar, and she is drop-dead gorgeous. The normally stellar John Lee catches Grimes's round-about approach to plotting in his relaxed narration. Yet it's too relaxed, with strangely long pauses between phrases. Also, Lee often emphasizes inconsequential words, hinting at significance where there is none. Martha Grimes addicts may be content with the meandering length of this rendition; casual listeners will not. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Large Print Press, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111594132380