The Old Wine Shades

The Old Wine Shades

Book - 2006
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The latest in New York Times bestselling author Martha Grimes's Richard Jury mystery series

"The dog came back."
"This is a joke, right?"
"No, it isn't. . . . So do you want to hear the rest of it?" Dumbly, Jury nodded.


The rest of it is told by Harry Johnson, a stranger who sits down next to Richard Jury as he's drinking in a London pub called the Old Wine Shades. Over three successive nights Harry spins this complicated story about a good friend of his whose wife and son (and dog) disappeared one day as they were viewing property in Surrey. They've been missing for nine months-no trace, no clue, no lead as to what happened.

He's a fascinating bloke, this Harry Johnson-rich, handsome, unattached, and brainy about the esoteric subject of quantum mechanics, a field in which the vanished woman's husband, Hugh Gault, excels: He's an authority on string theory, which has some pretty funny notions about the nature of reality.

Jury wonders, Is Harry Johnson winding him up? Or did it really happen? The dog did come back-but how? And from where? And when Jury investigates, all seems to be just as Harry described it.

Until they find the body.

Praise for Martha Grimes:
"One of the established masters of the genre."
-Newsweek

"[Grimes's] gift for evoking mood and emotion is as keen as her talent for inventing a demanding puzzle, and solving it."
-The Wall Street Journal

"[Grimes] excels at creating a haunting atmosphere and characters both poignant and preposterous."
-USA Today

"Grimes is gifted at exploring the private, sometimes horrifying, yet utterly mundane thoughts of ordinary people."
-San Francisco Chronicle

Baker & Taylor
Jury considers the authenticity of a fantastical tale, told over the course of three nights by a stranger and fellow patron at the Old Wine Shades pub in London, about a string theory scientist's wife, son, and dog, who disappeared without a trace nine months earlier. By the author of The Winds of Change. 150,000 first printing.

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"The dog came back."
"This is a joke, right?"
"No, it isn't ... So do you want to hear the rest of it?" Dumbly, Jury nodded.
The rest of it is told by Harry Johnson, who sits down by Richard Jury in the Old Wine Shades. Over three successive nights, Harry spins out this story of a good friend of his whose wife and son (and dog) disappeared one day when they were in Surrey. No trace, no clue, no lead as to what happened.
He's a fascinating bloke, this Harry Johnson - rich, handsome and brainy on the subject of quantum mechanics and superstring theory, which has some pretty funny notions about the nature of reality.
Jury wonders, Is Harry Johnson winding me up? The dog did come back - but how? And from where? When Jury investigates, all seems to be just as Harry described it.
Until they find the body.

Baker
& Taylor

Richard Jury considers the authenticity of a fantastical tale, told by a stranger and fellow patron at the Old Wine Shades pub in London, about a string theory scientist's wife, son, and dog, who disappeared without a trace nine months earlier.

Publisher: New York : Viking, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780670034796
0670034797
Branch Call Number: MYS Grimes, M 100.20 2006
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 25 cm

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barkisaz
Jul 25, 2018

It certainly has Dimensions!
If you have a passing interest in theorectical physics, this will be a treat.
Melrose as Niels Bohr!!!
Thoroughly enjoyed this leap into quantum realities.
Only thing I wonder about is this: the author has the true believer of all the theories as mad as a hatter-mmmm.
I think Ms. Grimes was Stringing us along.

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george8
Aug 23, 2015

Have enjoyed Jury books in the past, but this was a huge disappointment. Simply dreadfull, boring! Brought the book back after wasting my time reading the first third of it. I DO NOT recommend this book!

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reader0118
Sep 24, 2013

Other Jury books are a treat but not this one. Don't know what Grimes was thinking but whatever it was, it wasn't about this plot. Would not recommend this read.

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TrishOttone
Apr 24, 2013

I think perhaps a little imagination may just lead to good things. These books get significantly better if you give them a chance. "Jury" has depth and the writing is very sound, the mystery surprising, and over all very entertaining, especially if you have a thing for London. Give Grimes the benefit of a least three reads.

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valliereads
Apr 13, 2013

I was enjoying this until the dog started telling the tale! It was all downhill from there. My first and last Martha
Grimes.

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