A Certain Justice by P. D. James
(Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #10)

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It begins, dramatically enough, with a trial for murder. The distinguished criminal lawyer Venetia Aldridge is defending Garry Ashe on charges of having brutally killed his aunt. For Aldridge the trial is mainly a test of her courtroom skills, one more opportunity to succeed--and she does. But now murder is in the air. The next victim will be Aldridge herself, stabbed to death at her desk in her Chambers in the Middle Temple, a bloodstained wig on her head. Enter Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team, whose struggle to investigate and understand the shocking events cannot halt the spiral into more horrors, more murders...

A Certain Justice is P.D. James at her strongest.  In her first foray into the strange closed world of the Law Courts and the London legal community, she has created a fascinating tale of interwoven passion and terror. As each character leaps into unforgettable life, as each scene draws us forward into new complexities of plot, she proves yet again that no other writer can match her skill in combining the excitement of the classic detective story with the richness of a fine novel. In its subtle portrayal of morality and human behavior, A Certain Justice will stand alongside Devices and Desires and A Taste for Death as one of P.D. James's most important, accomplished and entertaining works.

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P. D. James is the author of twenty previous books, most of which have been filmed for television and broadcast in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Policy departments of Great Britain's Home Office, and has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. The recipient of many honors and prizes, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991 and was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame in 2008. She divides her time between London and Oxford.
Published November 30, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 595 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Crime, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Fiction

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Four weeks after she's defended Garry Ashe on a charge of murdering his disreputable aunt—in a bravura sequence that provides the most electric opening of any of James's novels—his barrister, brilliant, aloof Venetia Aldridge, is found stabbed to death in her chambers with a paper-kni...

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With its skulking butlers, exotic poisons, and footprints in the garden, the English murder mystery — where crime is a puzzle, not a social problem — remains one of the book world's most satisfying pleasures.

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This time she introduces the potential murder victim, a criminal lawyer named Venetia Aldridge, by informing us that she had “four weeks, four hours, and fifty minutes left of life.” We then spend the better part of 100 pages with Venetia, learning first-hand how many people hated her and why.

Dec 16 1997 | Read Full Review of A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgl...

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A Certain Justice is a chilling Adam Dalgliesh Mystery that will make you an instant fan of P.D.

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That's not to say James's story isn't riveting in its own right - it's an intriguing drama and well worth 15 hours of anyone's time.

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