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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.

Review:

"The British mystery writer P. D. James has been acclaimed as the successor to Agatha Christie. In her newest work, she departs from the detective genre to write of Philippa Palfrey's search for her identity. Adopted as a child, Philippa takes advantage of a new law and obtains her original birth certificate when she turns eighteen. Learning that she is the daughter of a father who raped a young girl, and of a mother who then killed the husband's victim, Philippa seeks out her natural mother upon the woman's release from prison (the father died earlier in prison). Meanwhile, there are the adoptive parents ... and the father of the raped and murdered girl. It is, in other words, a mystery tale of sorts in its own right, but one far deeper in character and plot development than Mrs. James's previous excellent works. This, perhaps, explains the curiously unsatisfactory ending; but nevertheless this remains one of the best novels out of Britain in recent years." Reviewed by Andrew Witmer, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

About the Author

Widely acknowledged as "the greatest contemporary writer of classic crime" (The London Sunday Times), P. D. James is the author of fifteen crime novels and the autobiography Time to Be in Earnest. P. D. James has been awarded major prizes for her crime writing in Great Britain, America, Italy, and Scandinavia, and in 1999 received the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award for long-term achievement.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743219631
Author:
James, P D
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Author:
James, P.D.
Location:
New York
Subject:
England
Subject:
Adoption
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Adoptees
Subject:
Birthparents
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
no. 00-4536
Publication Date:
August 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 10.71 oz

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