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It begins, dramatically enough, with a trial for murder. The distinguished criminal lawyer Venetia Aldridge is defending Garry Ashe on charges of having brutally killed his aunt. For Aldridge the trial is mainly a test of her courtroom skills, one more opportunity to succeed--and she does. But now murder is in the air. The next victim will be Aldridge herself, stabbed to death at her desk in her Chambers in the Middle Temple, a bloodstained wig on her head. Enter Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team, whose struggle to investigate and understand the shocking events cannot halt the spiral into more horrors, more murders... A Certain Justice is P.D. James at her strongest. In her first foray into the strange closed world of the Law Courts and the London legal community, she has created a fascinating tale of interwoven passion and terror. As each character leaps into unforgettable life, as each scene draws us forward into new complexities of plot, she proves yet again that no other writer can match her skill in combining the excitement of the classic detective story with the richness of a fine novel. In its subtle portrayal of morality and human behavior, A Certain Justice will stand alongside Devices and Desires and A Taste for Death as one of P.D. James's most important, accomplished and entertaining works.Show more
Award-winning author P.D. James' second mystery in her bestselling series featuring Scotland Yard investigator Adam Dalgliesh is now available on CD! When the administrative head of the Steen Psychiatric Clinic is found dead with a chisel in her heart, Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate. Dalgliesh must analyze the deep-seated anxieties and thwarted desires of patients and staff alike to determine which of their unresolved conflicts resulted in murder. Widely acknowledged as "the greatest contemporary writer of classic crime" (The London Sunday Times), P. D. James received the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award for long-term achievement in 1999. "…a superbly satisfying mystery."-Chicago Daily NewsShow more
P. D. James is 'the reigning mistress of murder.' , Time Handsome Cambridge dropout Mark Callender died hanging by the neck with a faint trace of lipstick on his mouth. When the official verdict is suicide, his wealthy father hires fledgling private investigator Cordelia Gray to find out what led him to self-destruction. What she discovers instead is a twisting trail of secrets and sins, and the strong scent of murder. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman introduces P. D. James's courageous but vulnerable young detective, Cordelia Gray, in a 'top-rated puzzle of peril that holds you all the way' (The New York Times). From the Compact Disc edition.Show more
P. D. James is "the greatest living mystery writer." -People Headstrong and beautiful, the young housemaid Sally Jupp is put rudely in her place, strangled in her bed behind a bolted door. Coolly brilliant policeman Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must find her killer among a houseful of suspects, most of whom had very good reason to wish her ill. Cover Her Face is P. D. James's electric debut novel, an ingeniously plotted mystery that immediately placed her among the masters of suspense.Show more
A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen's beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem. It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy's magnificent estate.Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable.Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house.They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles.Elizabeth's sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy's sister Georgiana.And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball. Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered.A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth's disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley.She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered.With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery. Inspired by a lifelong passion for Austen, P. D. James masterfully re-creates the world of Pride and Prejudice, electrifying it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted crime story, as only she can write it.Show more
The setting itself is elemental P. D. James: the bleak coast of East Anglia, where atop a sweep of low cliffs stands the small theological college of St. Anselm's. On the shore not far away, smothered beneath a fall of sand, lies the body of one of the school's young ordinands. He is the son of Sir Alred Treves, a hugely successful and flamboyant businessman who is accustomed to getting what he wants and in this case what he wants is Commander Adam Dalgliesh to investigate his son's death. Although there seems to be little to investigate, Dalgliesh agrees, largely out of nostal-gia for several happy summers he spent at St. Anselm's as a boy. No sooner does he arrive, however, than the college is torn apart by a sacrilegious and horrifying murder, and Dalgliesh finds himself ineluctably drawn into the labyrinth of an intricate and violent mystery. Here P. D. James once more demonstrates her unrivalled skill in building a classic detective story into a fully realized novel, gripping as much for its psychological and emotional richness as for the originality and complexity of its plotting and, of course, for the horror and suspense at its heart. Filled with unforgettable characters, brilliant in its evocation of the East Anglian scene and the religious background against which the action takes place, Death in Holy Orders again offers proof, if proof were needed, that P. D. James is not only the reigning master of the crime novel but also, simply, one of the finest novelists writing today. From the Hardcover edition.Show more
The sixth mystery in the acclaimed and bestselling Adam Dalgliesh series, which led Newsweek to crown P. D. James "the new queen of crime." An evil-tempered forensic scientist is put to death, putting many of his colleagues out of misery. Dr. Lorrimer appeared to be the picture of a bloodless, coldly efficient scientist. Only when his brutally slain body is discovered and his secret past dissected does the image begin to change. Once again, Chief Inspector Adam Dalgliesh learns that there is more to human beings than meets the eye, and more to solving a murder than the obvious clues. "A craftsman with a poet's vision...[P.D. James] not only detects evil but attempts to uncover the more elusive, and enduring, enigmas of the human psyche that lead to it.", Time From the Compact Disc edition.Show more
Auf Martingale Manor, dem Herrenhaus der Maxies, wird das traditionelle Sommerfest gefeiert. Als wäre dies nicht genug Aufregung, muss sich Mrs. Maxie an diesem milden Julitag auch noch mit der Nachricht herumschlagen, dass sich ihr Sohn mit dem neuen Hausmädchen verlobt hat, der ledigen Mutter Sally Jupp. Hinter ihrer Maske aus Tüchtigkeit und Ergebenheit versteckt Sally Gefühle der Verachtung - was den meisten auf Martingale verborgen bleibt. Am nächsten Morgen jedoch wird Sally ermordet aufgefunden. Ein komplizierter Fall für Kommissar Adam Dalgliesh, denn unter der Oberfläche des ländlichen Idylls brodelt es vor Hass und Eifersucht ... Band 1 der Reihe um Commander Adam Dalgliesh.Show more
Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh hatte sich auf ruhige Ferien im Cottage seiner Tante an der einsamen Küste von Suffolk gefreut. Lange, windumtoste Spaziergänge, Tee vor knisterndem Kaminfeuer, heißer Buttertoast - das war seine Vorstellung von einer wohlverdienten Pause. Doch alle Hoffnung auf Ruhe wird schnell durch einen Mord erschüttert. Die verstümmelte Leiche eines ortsansässigen Krimi-Autors wird in einem kleinen Boot an der Küste angetrieben - und schon ist Adam Dalgliesh in eine weitere, besonders makabre Ermittlung verwickelt ...Show more
Ein durchdringender Schrei stört die abendliche Ruhe. Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh verlässt überstürzt sein Literaten-Treffen, um in die nahegelegene psychiatrische Klinik zu eilen - wo er eine Frauenleiche mit einem Meißel im Herzen entdecken muss. Hinter der unauffälligen Fassade stellt sich die vornehme Nervenklinik bald als Intrigennest heraus. Und der erfolgsverwöhnte Dalgliesh beginnt an sich zu zweifeln, als sich der Mörder als intellektuell ebenbürtig - und mehr als bereit zu weiteren Taten - erweist.Show more
P.D. James is 'the greatest living mystery writer.', People Adopted as a child into a privileged family, Philippa Palfrey fantasizes that she is the daughter of an aristocrat and a parlor maid. The terrifying truth about her parents and a long-ago murder is only the first in a series of shocking betrayals. Philippa quickly learns that those who delve into the secrets of the past must be on guard when long-buried horrors begin to stir. 'As a crime novel,' wrote the London Times, Innocent Blood is 'the peak of the art.' 'Flawlessly crafted . . . profoundly, masterfully moving,' Cosmopolitan concurred. From the Compact Disc edition.Show more
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. "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"One of James's most savory fictions. . . . A marvelous tale."-San Francisco Chronicle "One of her most enjoyable and vigorous novels."-The Plain DealerShow more
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