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Writing at the peak of her form (which is very high indeed), P. D. James has produced her best book since Innocent Blood. The ideas, energy, and artistry on display in A Certain Justice could keep other, younger writers going for most of their careers; the seventysomething James tosses them off with apparent ease. It's billed as: "An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery," but in A Certain Justice the brooding poet detective takes a backseat to the murder victim--a wonderfully complex and basically unlikeable female lawyer named Venetia Aldridge--and to the equally fascinating Kate Miskin, Dalgliesh's able assistant. Thinking of another young police officer, Kate "suspected that he found something risible, even slightly ridiculous, in the traditions, the conventions, the hierarchy of policing. She sensed, too, that this was a view which AD [Adam Dalgliesh] with part of his mind understood, even if he didn't share it. But she couldn't live her life like that, couldn't be lighthearted about her career..." A Certain Justice would be the perfect mystery to ignite the enthusiasm of people who haven't read any P.D. James. Other examples of her high art available in paperback include The Black Tower, Death of an Expert Witness, A Shroud for a Nightingale, and An Unsuitable Job for a Woman. --Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
" "A Certain Justice" has all James' hallmarks: elegance of language, a stellar sense of place, exquisitely defined characters, and a skillfully rendered tale of moral justice." -The Globe and Mail
" Immensely satisfying in both its intricate plot and complexity of characters.... An emotionally powerful puzzler [and a] page-turning journey ... along the darker, twisted byways of human intentions." --"Publishers Weekly" starred review
" Meticulously-crafted, original, suspenseful ... ingenious ... A whacking great whodunit by the reigning queen of mystery.... A certain great read." --"The Calgary Sun
"" Irresistible.... Yet another sterling example of how [P.D. James] has been able to elevate the traditional mystery to something approaching literary art." --"Winnipeg Free Press
"" Gripping reading... With virtuoso ingenuity, James weaves a wonderfully intricate whodunit." --"The Times Literary Supplement
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The sad thing is, I didn't care about any of the characters. Of course the background is carefully researched, the story intricately plotted, and all the characters described in... Read morePublished 23 days ago by T. Vicary
Five stars for PD James and the story but far fewer for the poor spelling and obvious mistakes in sentence continuity and grammar obviously caused when transposed into an ebook.Published 1 month ago by norma
What a pleasure it is to read a complex, carefully constructed, and well-written ‘traditional’ thriller with a total absence of serial killers massacring their victims in ever more... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian R. Martin
Really enjoyed this book same standard of brilliant writing & plot as in all her books.Published 2 months ago by Ruth Hand
Excellent book, well written as usual, thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I have recommended all the books I have read by P.D. James to my local book club, 4 stars at least.Published 3 months ago by Cath Tomlinson
Good honest well constructed detetective yarn, a great reflection of the genre in its most elegant form.Published 5 months ago by J. T. Clarke