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AD's final case?

  • May 30, 2009
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If Private Patient is truly PDJ's final Dalgliesh novel, she's taking him out in style! AD has always been the most human, humane, and cultured of the detective genre, and at long last, he's gained some well deserved happiness. Although most of his cases have been firmly closed at the end of each story, in this one, James has left some wiggle room. This is a fine police procedural/human interest story, as beautifully written and atmospheric as we've come to expect from her. Five stars for yet another thoroughly enjoyed little masterpiece.

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P. D. James is the queen of mystery writers. Her Adam Dalgliesh thrillers are engrossing stories of murder and police detection and superb literature. She has succeeded where other authors have failed. Many of their mysteries are best sellers and certainly engrossing reads, but the English author P.D. James has done this and created a literary volume as well.  The Private Patient is a tale of a woman who was disfigured as a child by her drunken father who slashed her check in anger with …
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Starred Review. In James's stellar 14th Adam Dalgliesh mystery (after 2006'sThe Lighthouse), the charismatic police commander knows the case of Rhoda Gradwyn, a 47-year-old journalist murdered soon after undergoing the removal of an old disfiguring scar at a private plastic surgery clinic in Dorset, may be his last; James's readers will fervently hope it isn't. Dalgliesh probes the convoluted tangle of motives and hidden desires that swirl around the clinic, Cheverell Manor, and its grimly fascinating suspects in the death of Gradwyn, herself a stalker of minds driven by her lifelong passion for rooting out the truth people would prefer left unknown and then selling it for money. Beyond the book's central moral concern, James meditates on universal problems like aging (the amorphous flattening of self) and the government's education policy, which targets 50% of the young as university-bound while ensuring that another 40% are uneducated on leaving secondary school. Against her relentless intellectual view of our dying earth, James pits the love she finally grants Dalgleish—sufficient to reinvigorate hope and faith so rare in both fiction and reality today.(Nov.)
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ISBN-10: 0307270777
ISBN-13: 978-0307270771
Author: P.D. James
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Knopf
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