In this adventure featuring Richard Jury, the Scotland Yard detective nearly meets his match in a Baker Street Irregulars–like gang of kids and a homicide case that reaches into east Africa.
Robbie Parsons is one of London’s finest, a black cab driver who knows every street, every theater, every landmark in the city by heart. In his backseat is a man with a gun in his hand―a man who brazenly committed a crime in front of the Artemis Club, a rarefied art gallery and casino, then jumped in and ordered Parsons to drive. As the criminal eventually escapes to Nairobi, Detective Superintendent Richard Jury comes across the case in the Saturday paper.
Two days previously, Jury had met and instantly connected with one of the victims of the crime, a professor of astrophysics at Columbia and an expert gambler. Feeling personally affronted, Jury soon enlists Melrose Plant, Marshall Trueblood, and his whole gang of merry characters to contend with a case that takes unexpected turns into Tanzanian gem mines, a closed casino in Reno, Nevada, and a pub that only London’s black cabbies, those who have “the knowledge,” can find.
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“That’s the way it is with Grimes: Great characters who say and do the most unexpected things are her stock in trade. The charmer here is ten-year-old Patty Haigh (‘looks like a little girl, but acts like MI6’), one of a group of loosely parented children who hang around the stations at Waterloo and Heathrow, practicing the skills needed to be cops…Meanwhile, Grimes’ irresistibly attractive Scotland Yard man is busy solving the murder…[Detective Superintendent] Jury manages to have multiple sets of eyes on his suspect. But our eyes are glued to Patty, off in Africa and having the time of her life.”
New York Times
“Gets off to a breakneck start…it’s fascinating to see how Robbie uses a London cabdriver’s deep familiarity with the streets (“the Knowledge”) to keep himself alive…Jury’s devoted readership will find much to enjoy.”
“Jury’s investigation centers on gem smuggling, tax dodging, and greed. The real mystery is how to find a cab drivers’ pub, the Knowledge, so secret that even Scotland Yard can’t force its patrons to reveal its location…Readers will appreciate the elements that have made this a long-running bestselling series, notably a complicated case and distinctive characters.”
— Publishers Weekly
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About Martha Grimes
Martha Grimes is the author of more than thirty books, twenty-four of them featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Richard Jury. In 1983, she received the Nero Wolfe Award for best mystery of the year for The Anodyne Necklace. She is the winner of the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award.
About Steve West
Steve West, the winner of multiple Earphones Awards for narration, is an international actor who has starred on London’s prestigious West End stage, including productions of Mamma Mia! and Oh, What a Night! He is widely known for his television and film work in both the United States and the UK, and he has performed for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. He hosts his own television show for the UK live from Los Angeles.