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The author of the book: Martha Grimes
Edition: Viking Books
Date of issue: February 21st 2006
ISBN 13: 9780670034796
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The latest in New York Times bestselling author Martha Grimess Richard Jury mystery series
The dog came back.
This is a joke, right?
No, it isnt. . . . So do you want to hear the rest of it? Dumbly, Jury nodded.
The rest of it is told by Harry Johnson, a stranger who sits down next to Richard Jury as hes drinking in a London pub called the Old Wine Shades. Over three successive nights Harry spins this complicated story about a good friend of his whose wife and son (and dog) disappeared one day as they were viewing property in Surrey. Theyve been missing for nine monthsno trace, no clue, no lead as to what happened. Hes a fascinating bloke, this Harry Johnsonrich, handsome, unattached, and brainy about the esoteric subject of quantum mechanics, a field in which the vanished womans husband, Hugh Gault, excels: Hes an authority on string theory, which has some pretty funny notions about the nature of reality. Jury wonders, Is Harry Johnson winding him up? Or did it really happen? The dog did come backbut how? And from where? And when Jury investigates, all seems to be just as Harry described it. Until they find the body.
Praise for Martha Grimes:
One of the established masters of the genre.
[Grimess] gift for evoking mood and emotion is as keen as her talent for inventing a demanding puzzle, and solving it.
The Wall Street Journal
[Grimes] excels at creating a haunting atmosphere andcharacters both poignant and preposterous.
Grimes is gifted at exploring the private, sometimes horrifying, yet utterly mundane thoughts of ordinary people.
San Francisco Chronicle
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Read information about the authorMartha Grimes is an American author of detective fiction.
She was born May 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to D.W., a city solicitor, and to June, who owned the Mountain Lake Hotel in Western Maryland where Martha and her brother spent much of their childhood. Grimes earned her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Maryland. She has taught at the University of Iowa, Frostburg State University, and Montgomery College.
Grimes is best known for her series of novels featuring Richard Jury, an inspector with Scotland Yard, and his friend Melrose Plant, a British aristocrat who has given up his titles. Each of the Jury mysteries is named after a pub. Her page-turning, character-driven tales fall into the mystery subdivision of "cozies." In 1983, Grimes received the Nero Wolfe Award for best mystery of the year for The Anodyne Necklace.
The background to Hotel Paradise is drawn on the experiences she enjoyed spending summers at her mother's hotel in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland. One of the characters, Mr Britain, is drawn on Britten Leo Martin, Sr, who then ran Marti's Store which he owned with his father and brother. Martin's Store is accessible by a short walkway from Mountain Lake, the site of the former Hotel, which was torn down in 1967.
She splits her time between homes in Washington, D.C., and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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