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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book; Reprint edition (1 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451222660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451222664
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.2 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Feb. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Martha Grimes packed enough material into this book to make at least six normal detective novels. Pay close attention . . . the detail all counts.

If you want Ms. Grimes to write more books that remind you of The Dirty Duck, I suggest you go back and re-read the first 19 books in the series. She's clearly decided to take her hero and her series in new directions.

There's good news and bad about that. The good news is that the stories now open themselves up in new ways. The bad news is that many readers won't car for the new ways.

It's hard to write about this book without including a spoiler accidentally. Any description is also bound to be very misleading in terms of what the book is about. I'll do my best.

As the book opens, young Benny Keegan finds himself unexpectedly delivering room service coffee for two in the restaurant with rooms, Zetter's, where he works. When no one answers, Benny pushes the door open and discovers the dead body of a man who has obviously been killed. Concerned about his vulnerability as a homeless child to a murder investigation, Benny calls Richard Jury at home. Jury brings a doctor with him and quickly inserts himself into the investigation, hoping to shelter Benny from any fall out. Things are going along normally until Jury meets Lu Aguilar, who will be running the investigation for the local police. As an investigatory team, they are most unusual in the history of detective fiction.

Jury knows the victim's grandfather and makes some of the most delicate contacts. But as Jury delves into the past, he finds much to be surprised about in the present. Why does a wealthy young man, Billy Maples, of no particular interests sprinkle gifts on artists who show little potential?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Middlename on 23 Feb. 2008
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I, like another reviewer, had decided to not read any more Jury novels. They began well, and were good old detective stories with some interesting characters poping up in them all. Now, they seem to drift about all over the place. It also seems to me as though Miss Grimes wants us to know that she isn't just a detective story writer, she's pretty good at philosopy and culture as well. She may well be, but I like her detective stories when that's all they were. Dust was disappointing because I couldn't get into it until over half way through. The ending was hazy and not explained properly, although I did gather that Grandma Ames was the one who pushed the girls off the boat. Also, if Jury was a war child, that would make him over 60 now. He doesn't talk or behave like any 60 year old I know, and I'm one of them! I have become rather disappointed with the way Miss Grimes has started to kill off one or two more characters near the end of her books, quite unecessarily it seems to me. She is almost becoming predictable in that area, and it spoils the books for me. Lu seems to have been 'It' this time. I would once again have decided not to read any more Jury novels after Dust , but I expect that now I've got to, if I want to know what happens about Lu and Dr Nancy! Miss Grimes' cunning plot maybe?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A reviewer on 30 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
I am a huge fan of Grimes, and her Richard Jury series, but this seemed rushed and lacking in the depth and richness of her earlier books. The many wonderful characters that embellish her other Jury novels were briefly glossed over. Several major flaws, including the fact that the contents of the stomach of the victim would have been discovered during the autopsy. The person responsible for the crime, and the reason for it, were both farfetched ... Grimes is either losing her touch, had to rush to meet a deadline, or, heaven forbid, turned it over to a ghostwriter!! Skip it and try Tino Georgiou's bestseller--The Fates--if you missed it!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on 10 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I had decided against reading this latest Richard Jury installment. While many of her later Richard Jury novels (and we won't include "The Old Wine Shades" here) have been largely decent reads in spite of certain factors (characters and subplots that hijack the novel even though they have precious little to do with the main plot), these later installments really pale in comparison to her earlier stellar work. And so I had decided not to bother about reading "Dust" especially when I had heard that Jury's main preoccupation here was about bedding the detective in charge of the case he's horned in on, Detective Inspector Lu Aguilar. But a weekend looming with nothing to read, made me breakdown and borrow the book. And in the end I'm glad that I did. True, there was the unfortunate Jury-Aguilar diversion, but for the most part, in spite of the slowish start, "Dust" turned out to be a decent read.

When young Benny Keegan discovers the dead body of a guest in the patio of one of the room's at Zetter's (a rather posh London hotel), his first thought, after ascertaining that the man is actually dead, is to call up his friend Richard Jury of New Scotland Yard. After all, as an underaged child working illegally at the hotel, Benny cannot afford to be caught in the middle of a murder investigation, and that's where Jury comes in -- to stand between the wheels of an official investigation and Benny. For Jury however, this investigation poses a whole set of different problems. To begin with there is the murder victim, Billy Maples, a rich young man, given to lavish spending, mood swings, and who was such an aficionado of Henry James' that he rented James' cottage in Rye from the National Trust. Why was Maples murdered? For gain, or for revenge?
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