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April 23, 2008

Martha Grimes reads April 30 as a guest of the UI Writers' Workshop

Mystery writer Martha Grimes, whose new book "Dakota" was published in February, will present a free reading at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Frank Conroy Reading Room of the Dey House on the University of Iowa campus.

In "Dakota," a sequel to Grimes' "Biting the Moon," young amnesiac Andi Oliver is hired at a massive, North Dakota pig-farming facility that specializes in the dark art of modern livestock management. As she begins to uncover the truth about the operation, two men are on her trail, one a gunman hired to kill her, another who has followed her across three states demanding something from her forgotten past.

Grimes studied poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop alongside Philip Levine and Donald Justice in the 1950s, but although she has published some of her poetry, she is known primarily for her bestselling mysteries set in England -- particularly the Richard Jury series, in which each volume is named for an English pub.

She is one of those authors whose popularity is such that her name is usually more prominent on the books' covers than the titles of the novels. Her recent books include "Foul Matter," "Belle Ruin" and "The Anodyne Necklace."

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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