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The Lighthouse

A book by P. D. James

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Vivid Writing; Solid Plot; James Makes It Look Easy

  • Dec 23, 2006
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Would that all writers of mystery used words as well as PD James does in The Lighthouse. James is, for one thing, notable for her skill at keeping her characters fresh and her plots stimulating. In this book, a mysterious death occurs on a secluded, isolated island that is used as a getaway by the rich and powerful. James richly describes the island and the people, and with her words is able to show you so much more about her characters and their motivations than she actually tells. Many years ago, James introduced the concept of literature as mystery, and she can still be counted on to deliver a satisfying novel.

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British master James's 13th Adam Dalgliesh mystery, like its two predecessors,The Murder Room(2003) andDeath in Holy Orders(2001), focuses at first on a hostile character who threatens to shatter a longstanding way of life. Acclaimed novelist Nathan Oliver incurs the wrath of his fellow residents on Combe Island, a private property off the Cornish coast used as an exclusive retreat by movers and shakers in many fields. When Oliver is murdered, Scotland Yard dispatches Dalgliesh and two of his team to Combe, where the commander checks alibis and motives in his trademark understated manner. Because the detective's new romantic attachment is more of a backstory than inThe Murder Room, it intrudes less on the murder inquiry. The solution, which hinges on the existence of an unknown child, is less than fully satisfactory and also borrows elements from some of James's recent plots. Devotees more interested in her hero's personal growth than his deductive technique will find much to enjoy.
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ISBN-10: 0307275736
ISBN-13: 978-0307275738
Author: P. D. James
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Vintage
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