Original Sin Paperback – 7 Mar 1996
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"Complex and compelling.... James is writing in full mastery of her craft."--"The New York Times Book Review""One of James's best novels.... James transcends literary classification." --"Chicago Sun-Times""The queen of the British murder mystery demonstrates why the crown is hers."--"Newsday""One of James's most savory fictions. . . . A marvelous tale."--"San Francisco Chronicle" "One of her most enjoyable and vigorous novels."--"The Plain Dealer"
Complex and compelling.... James is writing in full mastery of her craft. "The New York Times Book Review" One of James's best novels.... James transcends literary classification. "Chicago Sun-Times""The queen of the British murder mystery demonstrates why the crown is hers." "Newsday""One of James's most savory fictions. . . . A marvelous tale." "San Francisco Chronicle" One of her most enjoyable and vigorous novels. "The Plain Dealer"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Set on the banks of the River Thames in the literary world, P.D. James's Original Sin is the ninth Adam Dalgliesh mystery and a brilliant work of crime fiction from the bestselling author of Death Comes to Pemberley. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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As one after another body is found, the pieces begin to come together, although not easily nor fast. Dalgleish and his two assistants, Kate Mishkin and Aaron Daniel, have their own personal concerns to sort out as well. James has created a host of
excellently developed characters, as she usually does, and the reader is caught up in the problems and affairs of them all. Finally to solve the case, Dalgleish and company have to look back for their answers, all the way back to World War II France. The climax comes powerfully in "Original Sin" and as usual James leaves her readers, not necessarily on a joyous note, but one that is pensive, sometimes even remorseful. But what a read. In literature, and especially with P.D. James,
there is justice after all!
A series of mischievous meddling with files, contracts, etc., has been mystifying management and staff for some time, but, then two deaths on the premises cause speculation as to whether these seemingly disparate events might be connected.
In this Dalgliesh novel the author is at her very best, intriguing the reader with numerous undercurrents, gradually revealed, but leading to a not only unpredictable conclusion, but one that is unusually satisfying.
As previously stated, I feel you need to re-listen to James's books to fully appreciate the stories.
This is the ninth outing for James’ poet detective, Commander Dalgliesh, the taciturn, thoughtful, policeman with the stare which is as hard-as-nails. His colleagues respect him but cannot say they either know or like him. He is mysterious, and thereby hangs the fascination he holds for readers.
The first death at Peverell Press, a traditional publishing house located in a Venetian-style house beside the Thames, is a suicide, the body found by a new employee. The same employee has the misfortune to find another dead body later in the book. There are a lot of dead bodies at Peverell Press, and there is also a prankster. Proofs wrongly amended, illustrations disappear, appointments cancelled. When the managing director, Gerard Etienne, is found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning, upstairs in the little archive room, the death is considered suspicious enough to call in the police.
This is a complicated web of a story, James weaves together the current and back stories of the key Peverell employees, their alibis, their affairs and petty spats, their lies and secrets. Is the murderer and the prankster the same person, and what of the suicide? Is that connected? Essentially the building where Peverell Press is based, Innocent House, provides a closed-room mystery: the murderer must come from within the company but although some are haughty, others unlikeable and the rest just gossips, someone there must have done it.
Did I guess? No. The motive is fascinating, though I could have done with a few more hints earlier on.
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Pressure of work, travel and a hint of laziness means I am now reduced to just giving a star rating. otherwise I never find time to review.Published 16 days ago by meryon
PD James. Her stories are interwoven with many characters, all well defined, and many different story lines that keep you wondering until the end. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carol A Calder
A gripping novel that gets even more exciting as you get towards the close. Crime novel perfection!Published 8 months ago by JDW 42
I thought that the book was very well written. However, I had worked out who the murderer was quarter the way through. I enjoy each one of the authors books.Published 12 months ago by mark/johanne
I normally like the authors style of writing but I found the first sixty percent of this novel a little slow. Read morePublished 13 months ago by John