I’ve not come across the Richard Jury series of detective books before, so I was eager to see if that would matter when I started to read The Knowledge by Martha Grimes. Published through Grove Press in August this year, this is the twenty-fourth book in the series and it’s one I’ve really enjoyed reading.
So does it matter that I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series? No, not at all, The Knowledge stands up very well on its own merit, but I do now want to go back and read the rest! If you like a good detective story then you’ll enjoy this book as much as I have.
The story starts with the double murder of a husband and wife outside the Artemis Club in London. Everything is witnessed by London cabbie, Robbie Parsons, who ends up with the gun wielding killer in the back of his cab. So begins the hunt for the truth, as the murderer disappears into Waterloo station, with a group of young children in hot pursuit. One, Patty Haigh, takes on the challenge of following him into Heathrow Airport, and eventually manages to end up as his travelling companion to Dubai and beyond.
Detective Superintendent Richard Jury reads about the double murder in the papers the next morning, and realises he had actually met the couple only recently. Can he get to the bottom of the mystery? Each chapter of The Knowledge is told in date order but from a different character’s prospective. We travel to Nairobi, and across to America and delve into the worlds of gamblers, jewel smugglers and art gallery owners as the plot unravels.
The London cabbies and their knowledge of the back streets of London are called upon as are a couple of Jury’s collaborators who are sent undercover to get to the truth.
The Knowledge has a number of twists and turns and the plot lines pull together well, to make this a really enjoyable read. If you’re looking for a good page turner then this is for you. I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate link below for your reference. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
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