The inimitable Richard Jury returns in the latest in the bestselling mystery series: "Martha Grimes has written a whodunit with terrific characters and a grand plot mixed with her unique droll wit. Vertigo 42 is one smart mystery!" (Susan Isaacs, bestselling author of Goldberg Variations ) 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 place in Devon where Tess died, at a small house party. Jury seeks out the five surviving party guests, who are now adults, hoping they can shed light on this bizarre coincidence. Ultimately, 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 connected. 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.
Martha Grimes wurde in Pittsburgh geboren und studierte an der University of Maryland. Sie unterrichtete lange Zeit kreatives Schreiben an der Johns-Hopkins-University und lebt heute abwechselnd in Washington, D.C., und in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Martha Grimes zählt zu den erfolgreichsten Krimiautorinnen unserer Zeit. Durch ihre Serien um Inspector Richard Jury und die 12-jährige Ermittlerin Emma Graham wurde sie weltbekannt. Die "Mystery Writers of America" kürten sie 2012 für ihr Lebenswerk zum "Grand Master".