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ISBN13: 9780375401091
ISBN10: 0375401091
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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.

About the Author

P.D. James is the author of fourteen previous books, nine of which have been filmed and broadcast on television. She spent thirty years in various sections of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of the Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. P.D. James is the recipient of many prizes and honors, and in 1991 was created Baroness James of Holland Park.

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Mark, April 21, 2006 (view all comments by Mark)
P D James is a marvelous writer, and this book is no exception. As always she writes in a rich, pleasurable style. The murder set up is creative, and the surrounding cast of characters is varied and interesting. She does a particularly good job in this one with describing the personality and development of the main suspect, and the connections of the victim with the suspects give the reader a lot to ponder. And of course, while he's solving the case Adam Dalgliesh shows that he's so much more than a brilliant detective. I'd say one of the best features of James's writing is her reflection on humanity and the way she illustrates it in Dalgliesh, his team, and the people caught up in the mystery. This story especially makes the reader consider important questions besides just the mystery she's created.
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Product Details

James, P D
Random House
James, P.D.
New York :
Mystery & Detective - General
Detective and mystery stories
Mystery fiction
Police -- England -- Fiction.
Dalgliesh, Adam
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
1st American trade ed.
Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries
Series Volume:
v. 21
Publication Date:
Trade Cloth
364 p.
9.61x6.59x1.30 in. 1.55 lbs.

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