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Richard Jury returns to the back streets and back rooms of London in "The New York Times" bestselling series When an old friend pulls Richard Jury into the investigation of a wealthy bachelor's murder, Jury's not sure what's more perplexing: 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 named Dust.
A web of clues draws Jury to the 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 taken up the tenancy of Lamb House, the charming home where Henry James composed his three masterworks. Hardcover , pages. Published February 1st by Viking Books first published Richard Jury , Dr.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dust , please sign up. What do you think about the ending? I do't know who pushed whom out of the lifeboat Carole Barkley Brunner was a German. He would have not been on the City of Benares. Is it possible that the guilty party in the lifeboat was Rose, Billy's …more Brunner was a German.
Is it possible that the guilty party in the lifeboat was Rose, Billy's grandmother? She admitted she was bipolar and "wild" during the war. She could have been on that ship; there were paying passengers. Annie Jessup hated Rose and criticism of her cooking would not explain the level of antipathy. When Melrose is talking to Mrs. Jessup and asks what happened to Billy's mother, Mrs. She drowned when she was not much over thirty. Well, what goes around comes around, is what I say. Lists with This Book. May 28, Julie rated it did not like it. What has happened to this series? Martha used to be one of my favorite authors.
I put this one down less than half-way through about a month ago and finally realized that I'm not going to pick it back up again but I just don't care. And that is the cardinal sin of any mysery novel -- I don't even care who is dead, and why, and how. In the first chapter he's got a girlfiend when did this happen? This is so completely out of character for him that I almost thought it was a dream sequence or maybe Jury suffered some sort of brain-damaging stroke from when he was shot two novels previous.
Honestly, Martha Grimes should know better than to do a on an established character. You've got to build these character arcs better, Martha. That's not even including the tedius literary references. View all 3 comments. Jul 12, Pamela Baker rated it it was ok. I was so irritated, I may not read another one of Martha Grimes books again. Richard Jury has taken a massive turn in his character which is hard to imagine. What is with that?graphql.muchmore.be/amrica-latina-realidad-virtualidad-y.php
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I liked the boy, the dog, still really liked Plant, could tolerate his aunt, but the changes in Jury were hard to handle. Combine that with the rambling, hard to follow, plot with no real ending and the book mostly flopped for me. Mar 17, Bria rated it it was ok Shelves: Not my favorite Jury. Very different style compared to other books in the series. It has a sense of force modernization, perhaps from the editor? Sep 20, Marlene rated it really liked it. This is my absolutely favorite so far in the Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes. One review describes it as "a confection of a plot".
If you are seriously not into giving mystery series a chance, then you will probably not go for this, and deep literature it is not, but I found it to be a great read and I always marvel at how much research must go into settings. This series has about 20 books, and each has a different background to the murder, all of which require some research. Dust involves children that were shipped out of Germany during the war. I have come to love the characters in this series, and in this book the characters get into some amusing discussions.
I also learned about the author Henry James, as a house that he lived in is central to the plot. As in all mystery series, one has to read a couple to get familiar and attached to the repeating characters. I suppose it is better to read in order because there are references to past events, but in this series I think I have been reading in random order. Whichever book falls into my hands. Grimes has written other books, all of which I enjoyed a lot. Nov 27, Paige rated it did not like it. Annoying cliff hanger ending. Feb 22, Maryjmetz rated it did not like it.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I've sort of sworn off goodreads but this book was just so truly awful that I'm writing about it. Like a least one earlier reviewer, I used to read Martha Grimes and then got out of the habit. I picked up this book a while back and decided it would be a nice light read. God knows it was light but not so much on the nice.
Oh, warning, there will be spoilers here. The writing wasn't great but I don't require that in a mystery. What I do require is at least some vaguely believable plotting and under I've sort of sworn off goodreads but this book was just so truly awful that I'm writing about it. What I do require is at least some vaguely believable plotting and understanding of timelines--both of which were rather lacking here. Possibly I missed some subtle joke but the forty-year-old woman who claimed to have met Hemingway in her youth was one of the first notes that struck me as off--though that scene may have occurred after the English child and English superintendent discussed "rappelling.
Certainly not among trains bearing Jewish children. And, again, I don't claim to be an expert about police procedures but I sort of think an autopsy would be done on a murder victim, revealing what he had or hadn't eaten shortly before being killed. One somewhat doubts that children of people working at Bletchley Park openly talked about their parents' jobs as codebreakers during WWII.
It all more than strained credulity but I stuck with the book because, well, I do. The end has a "Damn, I need to wrap this up" feel to it and I'm still vague on what motive the "murderer s " may have had. But, honestly, what the hell? How does such an utter piece of tripe get published, let alone become a bestseller?
Jul 20, Dana rated it really liked it. The romance has nothing to do with the mystery - the mystery is solved at the end of the book. I liked it the best of the Jury novels I've read so far - despite the admittedly unbearable Lu Aguilar, who is an ass. The ending was fantastic. I did guess the killer and the person they resented enough to commit the crime, but it took a while and figuring ou LOL - WHAT "cliffhanger ending" are people going on about?
I did guess the killer and the person they resented enough to commit the crime, but it took a while and figuring out the motive was fun. I was a bit daunted by all the WWII stuff, but she actually presented events from that war that were interesting and not well known outside the UK and that generation. The people complaining about the moral fibre of the detective need to give their heads a shake - it's irrelevant to the mystery but is interesting, and shows the complexity of Jury's character; a detective does not have to reflect YOUR moral code.
The twists were good, there were enough clues to let the reader solve it if they really tried I hate when writers "cheat" with that , there was blessedly little Carole-Ann, and Melrose Plant is always a delight. Despite the sad notes, loved it. Enjoying the Jury series immensely despite reading them out of order. Apr 11, Kara rated it did not like it Shelves: I have read most of Grimes' other novels featuring Richard Jury, and have generally enjoyed the characters and stories.
I could never figure out the connection to Henry James, except in the most obvious, pedestrian sense. It felt like there were gaping holes in the plot, or maybe I am just not clever enough to get the subtleties? Their hook-ups and really, what else were they? I only finished the book out of a sense of duty, and even the ending was completely baffling and unsatisifying. Too bad, because I am usually happy to lose myself in Grimes' stories. This one, I just want to lose. Jan 03, Nancy rated it really liked it. In this mystery Martha Grimes usess the novels of Henry James to develope her plot and provide psychological insight into a contemporary crime.
It is a compelling story and a wonderful read filled with memorable characters. The segments set in Henry James home in Rye are wonderful and just might inspire me to tackle another James novel. As always, I enjoyed the character of Melrose Plant. I didn't really care for the latest twist in Jury's love life or the recurrence of the character of Harry Johnson. Apr 27, Catherine Thompson rated it really liked it Shelves: Billy Maples is found shot to death on the balcony of his room at The Zetter, a trendy "restaurant with rooms" in Clerkenwell.
The person to discover the body is young Benny Keegan, the lad who, along with his dog Sparky, once saved Richard Jury's life. So naturally, Benny calls Jury. Billy had been the resident caretaker of the National Trust property Lamb House in Rye, Sussex, where once Henry James lived and wrote his three greatest works. Jury dispatches Melrose Plant to Rye to take up the position under cover of doing the National Trust a favour.
Jury wants Plant to find out what it was that attracted Billy to Lamb House, and what, if any, connection Lamb House had to Billy's death. I see that Dust has garnered mixed reviews. I realized partway in that I had missed Jury and Wiggins, Plant and the other denizens of Long Piddleton, a great deal more than I'd thought.
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The mystery of who killed Billy Maples is engrossing, and I certainly didn't see the twist coming. I totally missed the vital clue, as well. I don't know what Henry James has to do with the whole thing; I freely admit that I've read only a couple of James's works, and I found The Ambassadors unbearable, though that might have more to do with the circumstances at the time.
Overall, an enjoyable read for me, like seeing old friends after a long absence. Jun 08, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: Grimes delivers a skillfully plotted mystery in this one, featuring Superintendant Richard Jury from Scotland Yard. A young man is found shot to death on his hotel room terrace by a room service boy. The murdered young man was relatively well-to-do and a patron of the arts. He had no known enemies. As Jury and the local chief investigating officer from Islington, Lu Aguilar, dig to see what the likely motives were for this crime, they begin to uncover a series of possible connections that had their origin during WW II.
There was also the presence of a potential Klimt painting that was being fobbed off as a reproduction that added to the pot. Relying on help from lots of his usual friends, including Melrose Plant and his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Phyllis, Jury begins to narrow down the possibilities of potential killers.
A central point in the investigation is a pub across the street from the hotel, Dust, where the murder victim was last seen alive. It also becomes the focal point of meetings between Jury and Aguilar, those meetings ultimately turning into a torrid affair that neither of them has any control over. Mix into this pot a former residence of Henry James and a lot of references from his writings, and you have a mystery worthy of literature fans, too.
Mar 06, Savannah rated it really liked it Shelves: Seems as though she is keeping the series moving along nicely, although I have to wonder how much Grimes is laughing up her sleeve at her fans by the sudden about-face into her character's lust life as well as all of her other literary references. Still, it's nice to see she's not yet so bored with it that she's stopped messing with her characters. Undeniably, though, the nominal plot of this book is wholly secondary to the ongoing larger story of all of the characters.
That's okay in a series so long as it stays interesting see also: Elizabeth George's notable failure to do this in her latest episode, set in the Channel Islands. Back to one of my guilty reading pleasures as a break from some of the more serious reading I've done lately. Martha Grimes' Richard Jury series fits the bill for that. I must say though that this time the reading was more guilt than pleasure.
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Guilt, as in "Why am I wasting my time reading this? We are nearing the end. I believe there are a couple left, although Grimes may write more. In such a long series, one expects hits and misses. I would put this one Back to one of my guilty reading pleasures as a break from some of the more serious reading I've done lately. I would put this one more on the "miss" side. In the end, I gave it a VERY generous three stars, mostly for old time's sake; in actuality, it probably deserved two-and-a-half at best.
The first problem with the book is its plot. A young man is shot to death on the balcony of his room at a trendy Clerkenwell hotel. The body is discovered by young Benny Keegan who is working at the hotel. So, even though it's not technically a Scotland Yard case, Jury comes to the scene and gets involved. Who the heck uses that word, especially when not holding a sword?
This was an anomaly, though, as the other dialoque was very realistic. There was at least one error every other page. Many times, there were multiple errors in one sentence. Everything from missing punctuation, missing words, wrong words, to extraneous punctuation was represented here. I was appalled at the condition of this book. The Kindle formatting was okay with one exception. There were line breaks in odd places. R for Language, Extreme Violence, Explicit Sexual Scenes, including Rape I would like to add that the author has stated that he published the wrong version.
Since my review, he has published the corrected version. He suggests that if you purchased it prior to my review date, return it to Amazon and buy it again to get the new version. Otherwise, wait a day or so to ensure that you receive the corrected version. When it comes to gratuitous food, you can't go wrong with the chili dog. Taking what is essentially the discarded remnants of other "edible meats", packing it with spices in a "casing", turning that into a "meat product", wrapping it it a bun that's mostly processed flour and sugar, and THEN covering that with a big pile of spiced ground beef sauce and beans?
There really isn't a single thing involved in the construction of a chili dog that is actually good for you. Because of this, I think it is rather symbolic that chili dogs make an appearance early on in Lee Goldberg's vigilante thriller, Judgment. The first of a four-book series of men's adventure novels Goldberg wrote while still in college back in the mid's, Judgment is the story of Brett Macklin, a peaceful man who owns his own small aviation business with nary a care in the world until the murder of his father, JD Macklin.
JD was your classic "one good cop in a bad city", a simple foot patrolman trying to keep crime off the streets, walking the pavement of his beat so that he was at eye-level with the city and the citizens. When JD is killed by a gang of vicious thugs, Brett hopes that the capture and conviction of his father's killers will be swift, sure, and merciless. Boy, was he wrong. When the gang of killers goes free, Brett takes up his father's. What he finds instead is a web of conspiracy and corruption that goes much further and much deeper into the fabric of the city than anything he could have possibly imagined.
I'm going to roll back to that chili dog metaphor for a moment. Pulp fiction, be it in literature, film, or on television, serves a purpose; it might not be a grand purpose, but it is there nonetheless. It serves our need for quick, greasy, deliciously tawdry entertainment. It is fast food for the mind - nay, for the Id - and while a steady diet of this sort isn't very healthy, we indulge ourselves now and then for the puerile thrill of the experience. Fittingly, cheap fast food appears throughout Judgment; the chili dogs, cold pizza right out of the refrigerator, cans of cold beer and flat soda, buckets of fried chicken, flat-top egg breakfasts.
When looked at in this light, Judgment definitely delivers the goods. People don't just get shot - they get their freakin' heads blown apart in a shower of blood, bone, brains. There aren't just "car accidents"; people get torn to pieces in a cataclysm of shattering glass and tortured metal. The violence in Judgment isn't awful or unbearable, it's just delivered in Technicolor. And that's how I like it.
A couple of other choice comments. First, Goldberg doesn't over-elaborate on his guns, which is a good thing in a book like Judgment. While Mack Bolan or Carl Lyons may wax philosophical on the terminal ballistics of grain jacketed hollowpoints, Brett Macklin just wants to blow away bad guys. Therefore, the gun talk should be at a similar, pedestrian level, and Goldberg gets this right.
Second, while I don't really need or want awkwardly graphic sex scenes in men's adventure fiction, I do tire of the protagonists being sexless killing machines lacking all libido. The fact that Brett still finds time for a little nookie during the course of his adventures is something that I heartily approve.
And third, this book was lean and mean, without a lot of padding or needless over-elaboration. People, places, and things are sketched out in a handful of words, the dialogue is kept fast and to the point, and the scenes move right along without a lot of dithering about. In my opinion, there's nothing to add, and nothing I'd pare away. There are three more books in the Jury series, and I hope to read them all. I'll probably have to save them for some summer reading, but I'm definitely looking forward to Brett Macklin blowing away some more punks, eating more cold pizza, and bombing around in his "Batmobile".
This book is about violence, vigilantism, and revenge. Lee Goldberg knows how to write, otherwise I would rate it just one star, but some of the plot elements are weak. In the one courtroom scene, the DA couldn't be more inept, never cross examining a corrupt witness. A beloved policeman gets brutally killed and the rest of the police department seems to yawn in indifference. In short, believability goes out the window, all in the name of "making the bad guys pay.
One person found this helpful. The story moves along quickly, has elements of surprise, held my interest. The next installment will be just as good, I'm sure. Jury takes to the streets bringing down each gang member who torched his law enforcement father to death on behest of a corrupt political official and demented TV Evangelist for gain of power. Jury makes them pay. The people of L. I read it clear through, but I'm not that tempted to buy the next one in the series.
The protagonist was every bit as believable as Superman, but no more. I mean, I know it's fiction, but willing suspension of disbelief will only get you so far. The prologue alone makes this book worth buying! I read the Kindle version I am a self-admitted sucker for vigilant justice, so meeting Brett Macklin makes my day. MAJOR violence here, but an action read for those of us who enjoy rooting for the guy in the white hat One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful.
It was a fun quick read Good character development. Hope to see a number of instalments in this series of books.
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