The Private Patient

Category: Book
By (author): James, P.D.
Subject:  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Published: March 2009
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.91in x 5.18in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*With all the qualities that P. D. James's readers have come to expect: a masterly psychological and emotional richness of characterization, a vivid evocation of place and a credible and exciting mystery.

When the notorious investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, books into Mr. Chandler-Powell's private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring, long-standing facial scar, she has every prospect of a successful operation by a distinguished surgeon, a week's peaceful convalescence in one of Dorset's most beautiful manor houses and the beginning of a new life. She will never leave Cheverell Manor alive. When Adam Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate the murder- and a second death occurs- even more complicated problems than the question of innocence or guilt arise.

From the Hardcover edition.
Review Quote*"Although she tackles contemporary social issues with relish, James will still use old-fashioned narrative devices dating back to the golden age of crime fiction. That's because they still work."-Calgary Herald

"Her skill and vitality are not diminished . . . The Private Patient is classic James."-Scotsman

"This is a book about the way we live now . . . James brings a stinging clarity to the complicated goings-on in the Dorset countryside"-The Sunday Times

"Elegantly phrased, plot-driven, multi-layered and laced with menace."-Observer

"P. D. James - in the eyes of many admirers the world's finest living crime novelist."-The Windsor Star

From the Hardcover edition.
Biographical NoteP. 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.

From the Hardcover edition.