The Black Tower

Category: Book
By (author): James, P.D.
Subject:  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Published: May 2012
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.98in x 5.16in
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From The Publisher*Commander Dalgliesh is recuperating from a life-threatening illness when he receives a call for advice from an elderly friend who works as a chaplain in a home for the disabled on the Dorset coast. Dalgliesh arrives to discover that Father Baddeley has recently and mysteriously died, as has one of the patients at Toynton Grange. Evidently the home is not quite the caring community it purports to be. Dalgliesh is determined to discover the truth of his friend's death, but further fatalities follow and his own life is in danger as he unmasks the evil at the heart of Toynton Grange.
Review Quote*"A masterpiece."
-The Times
 
"Splendid, macabre."
-The Telegraph
 
"A literate, compelling, intriguing novel of suspense."
-Publishers Weekly
 
"A mystery of rare quality."
-John Barkham Reviews
 
"Intriguing, suspenseful, full of strange twists.... You'll love this one!"
-Nashville Banner
Biographical NoteP. D. JAMES was born in Oxford in 1920 and educated at Cambridge High School for Girls. From 1949 to 1968 she worked in the National Health Service and subsequently in the Home Office, first in the Police Department and later in the Criminal Policy Department. All that experience has been used in her novels. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Society of Arts and has served as a Governor of the BBC, a member of the Arts Council, where she was Chairman of the Literary Advisory Panel, on the Board of the British Council, and as a magistrate in Middlesex and London. She is an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. She has won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature (US). She has received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983, and was created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors. She lives in London and Oxford and has two daughters, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.