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In her latest Richard Jury mystery, Martha Grimes delivers the
newest addition to the bestselling series The Washington
Post calls "literate, lyrical, funny, funky, discursive,
bizarre." The inimitable Scotland Yard Superintendent returns, now
with a tip of the derby to Alfred Hitchcock's
Richard Jury is meeting Tom Williamson at Vertigo 42, a bar on the
forty-second floor of an office building in London's financial
district. Despite inconclusive evidence, Tom is convinced his wife,
Tess, was murdered seventeen years ago. The inspector in charge of
the case was sure Tess's death was accidental-a direct result of
vertigo-but the official police inquiry is still an open verdict
and Jury agrees to re-examine the case.
Jury learns that a nine-year-old girl fell to her death five years
before Tess at the same country house in Devon where Tess died. The
girl had been a guest at a party Tess was giving for six children.
Jury seeks out the five surviving party guests, who are now adults,
hoping they can shed light on this bizarre coincidence.
Meanwhile, an elegantly dressed woman falls to her death from the
tower of a cottage near the pub where Jury and his cronies are
dining one night. Then the dead woman's estranged husband is killed
as well. Four deaths-two in the past, two that occur on the pages
of this intricate, compelling novel-keep Richard Jury and his
sidekick Sergeant Wiggins running from their homes in Islington to
the countryside in Devon and to London as they try to figure out if
the deaths were accidental or not. And, if they are
Witty, well-written, with literary references from Thomas Hardy to
Yeats, Vertigo 42 is a pitch perfect, page-turning novel
from a mystery writer at the top of her game.