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Publisher Comments:

A subtle and powerful work of contemporary fiction.

Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in to solve the mystery quickly and discreetly, but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team. Dalgliesh is uncertain about his future with Emma Lavenham, the woman he loves; Detective Inspector Kate Miskin has her own emotional problems; and the ambitious Sergeant Francis Benton-Smith is worried about working under Kate. Hardly has the team begun to unravel the complicated motives of the suspects than there is a second brutal killing, and the whole investigation is jeopardized when Dalgliesh is faced with a danger more insidious and as potentially fatal as murder.

This eagerly awaited successor to the international bestseller The Murder Room displays all the qualities that lovers of P. D. James's novels the world over have come to expect: sensitive characterization, an exciting and superbly structured plot and vivid evocation of place.

Review:

"James's gifts animate and transform the armature into something exceptional. Her disciplined conventions, her observation of social and class niceties, renew the traditional Franco-British drama of domestic crime. She is a very superior writer of detection." Times Literary Supplement

Review:

"James has proven that she deserves her reputation as our leading 'literary' crime writer. The Lighthouse confirms that she is also the most enjoyable." Daily Express

Review:

"With her trademark blend of subtle characterization, vivid sense of place and deceptively simple plot, James pulls off another triumph. A beautifully written page-turner from the queen of the genre." Toronto Sun

Review:

"An elegant and perceptive writer — rich drifts of prose pile up on the page, descriptive passages are Dickensian in length, ornament and power...James's many fans will relish The Lighthouse, for all its poise and narrative familiarity." The Globe and Mail

Review:

"One of the most compelling books of her remarkable career....A magisterial and subtle exploration of all-too-human emotions." The Seattle Times

Review:

"Appealing....Something to gladden hearts — at least among aficionados of the formally perfect murder scheme....Even its murder victim is delectable....The reader...secretly thrills to the discovery of each new corpse." The New York Times

Review:

"Thrilling....Tantalizing....Intense....The solution to the crime is satisfyingly elegant." The Boston Herald

Review:

"James is at the height of her writing powers in describing this craggy bit of rock off England's coast so thoroughly that you can feel the wind against your face and the scrubland brush against your boots. Like Dalgleish and Miskin, you will wish you could return." The Baltimore Sun

Synopsis:

This eagerly awaited successor to the international bestseller The Murder Room displays all the qualities that lovers of P.D. James's novels the world over have come to expect: sensitive characterization, an exciting and superbly structured plot, and vivid evocation of place.

Synopsis:

A subtle and powerful work of contemporary fiction.

Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in to solve the mystery quickly and discreetly, but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team. Dalgliesh is uncertain about his future with Emma Lavenham, the woman he loves; Detective Inspector Kate Miskin has her own emotional problems; and the ambitious Sergeant Francis Benton-Smith is worried about working under Kate. Hardly has the team begun to unravel the complicated motives of the suspects than there is a second brutal killing, and the whole investigation is jeopardized when Dalgliesh is faced with a danger more insidious and as potentially fatal as murder.

This eagerly awaited successor to the international bestseller The Murder Room displays all the qualities that lovers of P. D. James's novels the world over have come to expect: sensitive characterization, an exciting and superbly structured plot and vivid evocation of place.

Synopsis:

A secure and secluded retreat for the rich and powerful becomes of the setting for an unsettling series of murders.

Combe Island off the Cornish coast is a restful haven for the elite. But when one of its distinguished visitors is found hanging from the island's famous lighthouse in what appears to have been a murder, the peace is shattered. Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in to handle the sensitive case, but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team. He is uncertain about his future with his girlfriend Emma Lavenham; his principle detective Kate Miskin is going through an emotional crisis; and the ambitious Sergeant Francis Benton-Smith is not happy about having a female boss. After a second brutal killing, the whole investigation is jeopardized, and Dalgliesh is faced with a danger even more insidious than murder.

About the Author

P. D. James is the author of 18 books, most of which have been filmed for television. Before her retirement in 1979, she served in the forensics and criminal justice departments of Great Britain's Home Office, and she has been a magistrate and a governor of the BBC. The recipient of many prizes and honours, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991. In 2000 she celebrated her 80th birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307275738
Author:
James, P D
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
James, P.D.
Author:
George, Elizabeth
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
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Subject:
mystery;fiction;crime;adam dalgliesh;england;british;detective;murder;crime fiction;cornwall;novel;police procedural;police;english;british mystery;island;detective fiction;thriller;uk;krim;britain;mysteries;scotland yard;islands;mystery fiction;murder my
Subject:
mystery;fiction;crime;adam dalgliesh;england;british;detective;murder;crime fiction;cornwall;novel;police procedural;police;english;british mystery;island;detective fiction;thriller;uk;krim;britain;mysteries;scotland yard;islands;mystery fiction;murder my
Subject:
itain
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.04x5.32x.90 in. .65 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 400 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307275738 Reviews:
"Review" by , "James's gifts animate and transform the armature into something exceptional. Her disciplined conventions, her observation of social and class niceties, renew the traditional Franco-British drama of domestic crime. She is a very superior writer of detection."
"Review" by , "James has proven that she deserves her reputation as our leading 'literary' crime writer. The Lighthouse confirms that she is also the most enjoyable."
"Review" by , "With her trademark blend of subtle characterization, vivid sense of place and deceptively simple plot, James pulls off another triumph. A beautifully written page-turner from the queen of the genre."
"Review" by , "An elegant and perceptive writer — rich drifts of prose pile up on the page, descriptive passages are Dickensian in length, ornament and power...James's many fans will relish The Lighthouse, for all its poise and narrative familiarity."
"Review" by , "One of the most compelling books of her remarkable career....A magisterial and subtle exploration of all-too-human emotions."
"Review" by , "Appealing....Something to gladden hearts — at least among aficionados of the formally perfect murder scheme....Even its murder victim is delectable....The reader...secretly thrills to the discovery of each new corpse."
"Review" by , "Thrilling....Tantalizing....Intense....The solution to the crime is satisfyingly elegant."
"Review" by , "James is at the height of her writing powers in describing this craggy bit of rock off England's coast so thoroughly that you can feel the wind against your face and the scrubland brush against your boots. Like Dalgleish and Miskin, you will wish you could return."
"Synopsis" by , This eagerly awaited successor to the international bestseller The Murder Room displays all the qualities that lovers of P.D. James's novels the world over have come to expect: sensitive characterization, an exciting and superbly structured plot, and vivid evocation of place.
"Synopsis" by , A subtle and powerful work of contemporary fiction.

Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in to solve the mystery quickly and discreetly, but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team. Dalgliesh is uncertain about his future with Emma Lavenham, the woman he loves; Detective Inspector Kate Miskin has her own emotional problems; and the ambitious Sergeant Francis Benton-Smith is worried about working under Kate. Hardly has the team begun to unravel the complicated motives of the suspects than there is a second brutal killing, and the whole investigation is jeopardized when Dalgliesh is faced with a danger more insidious and as potentially fatal as murder.

This eagerly awaited successor to the international bestseller The Murder Room displays all the qualities that lovers of P. D. James's novels the world over have come to expect: sensitive characterization, an exciting and superbly structured plot and vivid evocation of place.

"Synopsis" by , A secure and secluded retreat for the rich and powerful becomes of the setting for an unsettling series of murders.

Combe Island off the Cornish coast is a restful haven for the elite. But when one of its distinguished visitors is found hanging from the island's famous lighthouse in what appears to have been a murder, the peace is shattered. Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in to handle the sensitive case, but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team. He is uncertain about his future with his girlfriend Emma Lavenham; his principle detective Kate Miskin is going through an emotional crisis; and the ambitious Sergeant Francis Benton-Smith is not happy about having a female boss. After a second brutal killing, the whole investigation is jeopardized, and Dalgliesh is faced with a danger even more insidious than murder.

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