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In this second of the Dalgliesh series, written around 1962, the reader gets introduced to the inside world of English outpatient "sanitarium". Dalgliesh finds himself investigating the murder of the administrative officer of the Steen, a fictious clinic outside London. It is a closed-room mystery in that the investigation centers on those individuals in the Steen at the time of the murder. This puts Dalgliesh in a situation where psychiatrists continually give him their profile of the murderer, which is, in its way, humorous. Although we never actually meet a patient, we meet the people who work with them. In this book Dalgliesh gets fooled and in doing so, another person nearly dies. If you're reading the books in order, this is the book where you learn how Dalgliesh got started as a poet. Every bit as good as more contemporary Dalgliesh novels, its classic James.
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This was a rich mystery full of the complications of human behavior. Character development is phenomenally complete, and the narration of Dellaporta amplifies the richness of the tale. I will look for more P.D. James the next time I search audible.com.
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