The Lighthouse by P. D. James
(Inspector Adam Dalgliesh)

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A secure and secluded retreat for the rich and powerful becomes the setting for an unsettling series of murders.Combe Island off the Cornish coast is a restful haven for the elite. But when one of its distinguished visitors is found hanging from the island’s famous lighthouse in what appears to have been a murder, the peace is shattered. Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in to handle the sensitive case, but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team. He is uncertain about his future with his girlfriend Emma Lavenham; his principle detective Kate Miskin is going through an emotional crisis; and the ambitious Sergeant Francis Benton-Smith is not happy about having a female boss. After a second brutal killing, the whole investigation is jeopardized, and Dalgliesh is faced with a danger even more insidious than murder.


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About P. D. James

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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 1, 2005 by Vintage. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The doyenne of British mystery celebrates her 85th birthday by packing off Adam Dalgliesh and two members of his Metropolitan Murder Squad to investigate the violent death of a famous novelist on a remote island off the Cornish coast.

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The younger man keeps up Billie’s logbook and now tells Kathleen that it contains a legacy, 'the secret to ageless contentment and ageless love.' Peter tells his own story, how he married Anna before setting off to fight, survived the war though losing his best buddies, and came back to the light...

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The Lighthouse by PD James (Faber £17.99, pp366) End in Tears by Ruth Rendell (Hutchinson £17.99, pp366) For nearly four decades, PD James has been the best living practitioner of the classic detective novel, while Ruth Rendell has been the pre-eminent writer of psychological suspense thrillers.

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But she is careful to play fair with the reader, which is a requirement of traditional crime fiction, and, although The Lighthouse is shorter and tauter than some of James's more discursive "middle period" novels, it still goes into meticulous detail about each character's past.

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BC Books

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Acclaimed novelist Nathan Oliver has returned to Combe Island, a remote island off the Cornish coast.

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Book Reporter

When celebrated novelist Nathan Oliver is found hanging from Combe's nonfunctioning (but meticulously restored) lighthouse, and the evidence suggests that it wasn't suicide, Dalgliesh --- head of Scotland Yard's Special Investigation Squad, which handles politically tricky cases --- is called in.

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Entertainment Weekly

Originally posted Nov 25, 2005 Published in issue #852 Dec 02, 2005 Order article reprints

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The Bookbag

Summary: It's better than some recent offerings from P D James but not up the standard of her best work.

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Reviewing the Evidence

P D James is, together with Ruth Rendell, one of the most enduring of British women crime fiction writers.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Henry Kisor Seattle Times 4 of 5 Stars "Now in her mid-eighties, James has written one of the most compelling books of her remarkable career.

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The Paris Review

So does Terry Castle’s long story-essay “The Professor” (the whole collection is a knockout), ditto the title story in David Bezmozgis’s collection, Natasha (ditto the collection).

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