The Knowledge

The Knowledge

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"In the latest series outing, The Knowledge, the Scotland Yard detective nearly meets his match in a Baker Street Irregulars-like gang of kids and a homicide case that reaches into east Africa. Robbie Parsons is one of London's finest, a black cab driver who knows every street, every theater, every landmark in the city by heart. In his backseat is a man with a gun in his hand--a man who brazenly committed a crime in front of the Artemis Club, a rarefied art gallery-cum-casino, then jumped in and ordered Parsons to drive. As the criminal eventually escapes to Nairobi, Detective Superintendent Richard Jury comes across the case in the Saturday paper. Two days previously, Jury had met and instantly connected with one of the victims of the crime, a professor of astrophysics at Columbia and an expert gambler. Feeling personally affronted, Jury soon enlists Melrose Plant, Marshall Trueblood, and his whole gang of merry characters to contend with a case that takes unexpected turns into Tanzanian gem mines, a closed casino in Reno, Nevada, and a pub that only London's black cabbies, those who have "the knowledge," can find"--
Publisher: New York :, Atlantic Monthly Press,, 2018
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780802128010
Branch Call Number: MYS GRI
Characteristics: 364 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 25, 2018

To start, I think Martha Grimes is one of the better mystery writers going and has carried forward the British Mystery genre as few others have. That said, this is not one of her strongest efforts by quite a large margin. I realize it is fiction but it crosses into fantasy far too easily. A ten year old girl that lives independently and is able to board a flight with boarding pass not even in her name? Surely there has to be some element of believable behaviour in even a fictional character. Without wishing to spoil the story, the book was rife with similar things!

I was also disappointed in the fact that none of the main protagonists has actually progressed (or regressed) with their lives. They all seem to be doing the same thing over and over and their actions are just too predictable. It would be nice if they actually accomplished something other than performing miraculously for Jury, even just once.

Martha Grimes has tremendous talent but I am afraid it doesn't show here.

Jul 16, 2018

Very clever and amusing mystery involving an exclusive Soho art gallery cum gambling den, a gang of very competent London street urchins, Jury’s regulars, a safari in Africa, a cabal Of London cabbies, and a pub that is nowhere to be found.

Jun 18, 2018

I have read every one of the richard jury novels, and enjoyed them tremendously. Martha Grimes is now in her late 80s and is still going strong. This book I Is probably one of the best, as far as intricacies and surprises in the plot.

Although there are a couple of extremely implausible events, I guess you could chalk that up to artistic license, this is a very interesting story.

While I would recommend this book you really should start the series with her first Richard jury novel, "The man with a load of mischief". Each novel builds the detail of the characters and their relationship to Richard jury and each other.

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