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Publisher's Summary

Adam Dalgliesh takes on a baffling murder in the rarefied world of London book publishing in this masterful mystery from one of our finest novelists.
Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are confronted with a puzzle of impenetrable complexity. A murder has taken place in the offices of the Peverell Press, a venerable London publishing house located in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames. The victim is Gerard Etienne, the brilliant but ruthless new managing director, who had vowed to restore the firm's fortunes. Etienne was clearly a man with enemies - a discarded mistress, a rejected and humiliated author, and rebellious colleagues, one of who apparently killed herself a short time earlier. Yet Etienne's death, which occurred under bizarre circumstances, is for Dalgliesh only the beginning of the mystery, as he desperately pursues the search for a killer prepared to strike and strike again.
©1995 P.D. James (P)2013 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

“Complex and compelling.... James is writing in full mastery of her craft.” (The New York Times Book Review)
"One of James's best novels.... James transcends literary classification." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"The queen of the British murder mystery demonstrates why the crown is hers." (Newsday)
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By Michael Andrion on 04-02-13

Good book, still needs some work on the audio thou

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Almost the first 6 hours are building up to the murder. So it's not really an edge of the seat type book. The nice thing is you do know all the characters. I somehow missed this one when I started reading P. D. James. I like the stories and I know what I'm getting.

Any additional comments?

The story like others of P. D. James is great though it did take a while to get started. I just wish there was more attention paid to the audio file. Every so often lines are repeated. It seems that an tape version was converted. At least we don't get the side 2 message.

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By Kristine on 12-11-14

as always PD James is good

What did you like best about this story?

The philosophical elements, such as the exploration of what personal identity means and how it is expressed in life.

What does Penelope Dellaporta bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She expresses the characters in different accents that I would not even know about let alone be able to imagine as I read the book.

Any additional comments?

One very disturbing thing about this audio book was that every 30-40 minutes a sentence or two would repeat. It bacame very disturbing by the end of the book

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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