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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,183 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James Narrator: Penelope Dellaporta Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries Release Date:
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Adam Dalgliesh takes on a baffling murder in the rarefied world of London book publishing in this masterful mystery.

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 whom 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “James is writing in full mastery of her craft.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Exquisitely plotted, crammed with excellent characters and Dickensian in its passion for detail and setting.”

    Ottawa Citizen

  • 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.
  • “Brilliant.”

    Globe and Mail

  • “One of James’ best novels.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “One of her most enjoyable and vigorous novels.”

    Plain Dealer

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Chris | 2/20/2014

    " This is the James book that I came closest to disliking. It really is okay. The reason why is because the ending does not make sense; it isn't fully believable in the terms of one character, a character that James, for once, did not do a good job on. If you have never read P. D. James before, don't start with this one. Start with The Murder Room or A Certain Justice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alison Stuart | 2/19/2014

    " Not one of my favourite P.D.James. I suppose as a writer myself, the idea of murder in a publishing house appealed but the denouement when it came was so subtle and not a little too contrived. None of the characters had much to like about them and there was a lot of "head hopping" (different characters points of view within one scene) that gets quite tedious. Characters were introduced and then never referred to again. As for the police, I always find Dalgleish a little pompous and sanctimonious and I am not sure Daniel Aaron's final actions were consistent with his character. Still, she is a master of her craft and they are always enjoyable reads. I give her full marks for not telegraphing the murderer. I was suitably surprised! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Olivemylove | 2/15/2014

    " Very good. Probably one of the least complex PD James but still layered with excellent characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca Saxon | 2/15/2014

    " I read this mystery over a long time which I'm sure lessened my desire to solve the mystery, yet I still enjoyed the story. I really liked the setting: a small publishing house. This was my first time reading James and I'd definitely read her books again, she's a good writer with great characterization. "

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