The Blue Last by Martha Grimes
A Richard Jury Mystery

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In The Blue Last, Richard Jury finally faces the last thing in the world he wants to deal with—the war that killed his mother, his father, his childhood. Mickey Haggerty, a DCI with the London City police, has asked for Jury's help. Two skeletons have been unearthed in the City during the excavation of London's last bombsite, where once a pub stood called the The Blue Last. Mickey believes that a child who survived the bombing has been posing for over fifty years as a child who didn't. The grandchild of brewery magnet Oliver Tyndale supposedly survived that December 1940 bombing . . . but did she? Mickey also has a murder to solve. Simon Croft, prosperous City financial broker, and son of the one-time owner of The Blue Last is found shot to death in his Thames-side house. But the book he was writing about London during the German blitzkrieg has disappeared. Jury wants to get eyes and ears into Tynedale Lodge, and looks to his friend, Melrose Plant, to play the role. Reluctantly, Plant plays it, accompanied on his rounds of the Lodge gardens by nine-year-old Gemma Trim, orphan and ward of Oliver Tynedale; and Benny Keagan, a resourceful twelve-year-old orphaned delivery boy.

And Richard Jury may not make it out alive.

A stolen book, stolen lives, or is any of this what it seems? Identity, memory, provenance - these are all called into question in The Blue Last


About Martha Grimes

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Martha Grimes is the bestselling author of eighteen Richard Jury mysteries and also the acclaimed fiction Foul Matter, Cold Flat Junction, Hotel Paradise, The End of the Pier, and The Train Now Departing.
Published August 27, 2002 by Onyx. 468 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But Inspector Richard Jury (The Lamorna Wink, 1999, etc.) is visiting Tynedale Lodge with other ends: to investigate the murder of Simon Croft, son of Tynedale’s friend and partner Francis, and to probe a potential 60-year-old crime uncovered by DCI Mickey Haggerty.

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We witness a deeply troubled Jury pondering past, present, and future --- a man who, as a youth, had torn pieces from his emotional scrapbook and discarded the rest, making it difficult for the adult Jury to reassemble those early years into some comprehensible personal history.

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A former police colleague, who is dying, asks Jury to investigate a case of identity related to the London blitz during World War II.

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