The 24th book in Martha Grimes’s New York Times bestselling Richard Jury mystery series
by Martha Grimes
Athlantic Monthly Press, April 2018
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 shot Robbie’s previous pair of customers point-blank in front of the Artemis Club, a rarefied art gallery-cum-casino, then jumped in and ordered Parsons to drive. As the killer eventually escapes to Nairobi with ten-year-old Patty Haigh, one of a crew of stray kids who serve as the cabbies’ eyes and ears at Heathrow and Waterloo, in pursuit, superintendent Richard Jury comes across the double-homicide in the Saturday paper. Two days previously, Jury had met and instantly connected with one of the victims, a professor of astrophysics at Columbia and an expert gambler. Jury considers the murder a personal affront and soon enlists series characters 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. THE KNOWLEDGE is prime fare from “one of the most fascinating mystery writers today” (Houston Chronicle).
Martha Grimes is the bestselling author of more than thirty books, twenty-four of them featuring Richard Jury, and she is the recipient of the 2012 Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award. Martha Grimes is a world-class crime writer: her work has been published in seventeen countries and she has sold some 10 million copies of her books in the United States alone.