Unnatural Causes

Category: Book
By (author): James, P.D.
Subject:  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Published: June 2010
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 8.00in x 5.20in
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From The Publisher*Maurice Seton was a famous mystery writer -- but no murder from his imagination could equal the ghastliness of his own death. When his grotesquely mutilated corpse is found in a drifting dinghy, ripples of horror spread among his bizarre neighbours: the cruel and cynical drama critic, the celebrated recluse, the rakish young heir, the terrified woman waiting for her killer in a lonely house... It is up to Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh and his extraordinary aunt to discover the shocking truth about Seton's past -- before the plot takes another murderous turn.

From the Paperback edition.
Review Quote*"Unlike so many crime writers, James still has the power to move, fascinate and astonish."
-The Independent
"The reigning mistress of murder. . . . [Her] vivid, compelling whodunits over almost a quarter of a century have made James one of the world's leading crime writers." -TIME
"[P. D. James] writes . . . the most lethal, erudite, people-complex novels of murder and detection."
"The ability to haunt has earned P. D. James the title ‘queen of crime.' Long may she reign."
-Chicago Sun-Times
"James probes deeper into the complexities of human nature than any of her predecessors."
-The Washington Post

"P.D. James scores with understated humor, stately yet unpretentious prose, psychological insights ... plus, above all, fundamental warmth and wisdom in every line she writes." 
-Kirkus Reviews

From the Paperback edition.
Biographical NoteP.D. James is the author of nearly twenty 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 published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest.

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