Adam Dalgliesh takes on a baffling murder in the rarefied world of London book publishing in this masterful mystery from one of our finest novelists. Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are confronted with a puzzle of impenetrable complexity. A murder has taken place in the offices of the Peverell Press, a venerable London publishing house located in a dramatic mock-Venetian palace on the Thames. The victim is Gerard Etienne, the brilliant but ruthless new managing director, who had vowed to restore the firm's fortunes. Etienne was clearly a man with enemies-a discarded mistress, a rejected and humiliated author, and rebellious colleagues, one of who apparently killed herself a short time earlier. Yet Etienne's death, which occurred under bizarre circumstances, is for Dalgliesh only the beginning of the mystery, as he desperately pursues the search for a killer prepared to strike and strike again.
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"Happily, the extraordinary richness of P.D. James's characterizations exactly coincides with John Franklyn-Robbins's strength as a narrator. His reading skillfully explores the essential traits of each character whether acidic, pompous, generous or--as is true of everyone in a P.D. James work--needy. What's more, with a change of inflection or pacing, Franklyn-Robbins illuminates the understated ironies and humor always embedded in a James mystery. You can almost see Franklyn-Robbins's raised eyebrow. In this outing, Commander Adam Dalgliesh sorts through the death of the ruthless director of an august London publishing house and its crosscurrents of love, ambition and malice. M.O. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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