- Hardcover: 271 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; First Edition edition (April 1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571107311
- ISBN-13: 978-0571107315
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,408,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Black Tower Hardcover – 1 Apr 1975
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"People"P. D. James is "the greatest living mystery writer." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Set on the Dorset coast, The Black Tower by P.D. James is the fifth Adam Dalgliesh mystery and a thrilling work of crime fiction from the bestselling author of Death in Holy Orders, Children of Men and Death Comes to Pemberley. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
The tone is set with the 'resurrection' of Dalgleish, who as the book begins is recovering from a serious illness, which initially had been misdiagnosed as mortal. This brush with death has had a profound psychological impact on Dalgleish, and his decision to make his convalescence coincide with a duty visit to an old acquaintance seems from the first an attempt to postpone a confrontation with his own unanswered questions.
Disenchanted with policing Dalgleish may be, but when he is confronted with the merest suspicion of foul play, his instincts reassert themselves in spite of his inclinations. The atmosphere of illness, frustrated hopes, and impending disaster gathers force with every page as Dalgleish, against his will, is drawn deeper into the poisoned community of Toynton Grange.
you will not be disappointed!
On arrival in Dorset he finds his friend, Father Baddeley has died. Dalgliesh is inevitably drawn into the daily life at Toynton Hall, the care home at which the Father was chaplain. All is not as it seems. Baddeley’s was not the first death. But Dalgliesh looks at clues and is unusually reticent, unmotivated, tired.
This is an intricate story set in a strange community with overtones of religious fervour, financial difficulties, disabilities not clearly explained, relationships tangled, past stories and resentments lurking beneath the surface.
I am re-reading PD James in order and with this, the fifth in the series, she seems to be getting into the rhythm which those familiar with the last of the Dalgliesh books will recognise. Dalgliesh is oddly denuded in this book, giving us an insight into his character we have not have seen before, we see beneath the professional face: he has been ill, is tired, less patient, and the mask of his profession sometimes slips. Fascinating, a hint of the detective into which he will evolve in the later books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First time I've read this author and series, a few typos, but a story I enjoyed reading. Plot is well established and descriptions of places and characters is spot onPublished 3 months ago by Lucy
As usually the story line of this P.D.James book has a real life interest and the story is factual as well as a bit farcicalPublished 4 months ago by Patricia Hitchings
Great product, great packaging and very quick delivery. ThanksPublished 8 months ago by Ruth Marian Bishop
As ever, these Adam Dalgleish novels are first rate. A really good read. I shall be sorry when I have read them all.Published 11 months ago by customer from Thame