A New York Times Bestselling Author Over three successive nights, stranger Harry Johnson sits in the London Pub "The Old Wine Shades" and tells a story to Richard Jury about a good friend of his whose wife and son (and dog) disappeared one day in Surrey. They've been missing for nine months - no trace, no clue, no lead as to what happened. The ...
A New York Times Bestselling Author Over three successive nights, stranger Harry Johnson sits in the London Pub "The Old Wine Shades" and tells a story to Richard Jury about a good friend of his whose wife and son (and dog) disappeared one day in Surrey. They've been missing for nine months - no trace, no clue, no lead as to what happened. The dog came back - but how? When Jury investigates, all seems to be just as Harry described it. Until they find the body. Simultaneous Publication with Simon & Schuster's Standard Print edition.
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Jury has been drawn into stories before but has never been drawn in to a story. In this delightful murder mystery Jury becomes part of the story within. As he sits and listens to an odd, yet compelling tale unfold from a complete stranger sitting at a bar, the only truth comes from a dog sitting under it. Jury, caught in his own personal dilemmas, cannot tell truth from the lie. His good friend Melrose comes to his aid once again. His club and the sketchy characters introduced serve as a sounding board for Jury's growing absorption and apprehension: at once helping him to maintain a sense of proportion but also allowing him to indulge in a cavalier indulgence that flaunts the suspension placed upon him by his superiors at 'the job". Many of the old familiar faces are added as adjuncts to the action. The sad part is that they are not involved more in the final outcome, but this does allow Jury to further develop as a character, and provide us with more insight into this lovely man.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-05-01 Man walked into a pub." This line, delivered with a droll inflection by reader John Lee, is the perfect opening for Martha Grimes's latest entry in her Inspector Jury series. Harry Johnson enters the Old Wine Shades pub and recounts to Jury the strange tale of a mother and son who disappeared nine months ago, along with their dog, Mungo. At first Jury finds the story more amusing than ominous, but as more details are revealed his curiosity is piqued, and he feels compelled to investigate the disappearances. What he discovers is that nothing, including the agreeable Johnson, is what it seems. Grimes builds a captivating mystery with plenty of twists and quirky characters to keep the listener engaged, and Lee's controlled performance fits nicely with her eclectic, character-driven storytelling. Lee's characterizations are presented with a dignified, no frills aplomb, which isn't easy given that they include the inner thoughts of an autistic child and the dog, Mungo. In fact, the scenes featuring Mungo supply some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments, as well as some of the novel's most intense suspense. Jury fans will not be disappointed. Simultaneous release with the Viking hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 30). (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-01-30 At the start of bestseller Grimes's compelling 20th Richard Jury mystery, the Scotland Yard detective is on suspension because he decided to save lives rather than wait for a warrant in his previous outing, The Winds of Change (2004). With time on his hands, Jury is ensnared by the intriguing tale spun by Harry Johnson, a man who, apparently, just happens upon him in a London pub, the Old Wine Shades. Despite himself, Jury is drawn in by Johnson's account of the baffling disappearance of a mother, her autistic son and their dog-and the more baffling reappearance of the pet nine months later. The detective diligently follows every lead to determine the fate of the missing people, even as Johnson's digressions into the paradoxes of quantum physics lead Jury to question the truth of the man's narrative. The scheme Jury ultimately detects is ingeniously clever and sufficiently consistent with the personalities Grimes has created to overcome disbelief. The author's gift at melding suspense, logical twists and wry humor makes this one of the stronger entries in this deservedly popular series. 8-city author tour. Mystery Guild main selection. (On sale Feb. 21) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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