The Private Patient by P. D. James
(Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries)

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Cheverell Manor is a beautiful old house in Dorset, which its owner, the famous plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell, uses as a private clinic.  When the investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, arrives to have a disfiguring facial scar removed, she has every expectation of a successful operation and a peaceful week recuperating.  But the clinic houses an implacable enemy and within hours of the operation Rhoda is murdered.   Commander Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate a case complicated by old crimes and the dark secrets of the past.  But Before Rhoda's murder is solved, a second horrific death adds to the complexities of one of Dalgliesh's most perplexing and fascinating cases.




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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 18, 2008 by Vintage. 364 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Rhoda’s friend Robin Boyton, who recommended the clinic, is convinced that his cousins, assistant surgeon Marcus Westhall and his sister Candace, cheated Robin out of his rightful inheritance.

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The New York Times

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In P. D. James’s latest exercise in impeccable detection, a muckraking London journalist worms her way into a private clinic on a country estate — and ends up the victim of a ghastly murder.

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The Private Patient by PD James Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Why is it that at some point in all Commander Adam Dalgliesh's meticulous murder investig...

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James Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Rosa Gradwyn, a reporter with powerful enemies, checks into a country house clinic for routine plastic surgery and wi...

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The Private Patient by P D James Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Cheverell Manor, a historic and beautifully appointed Dorset mansion...

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you know you're in the company of PD James from the first sentence: elegantly phrased, plot-driven, multi-layered and laced with menace.

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A colleague of Dalgliesh's is "one of the most highly regarded forensic pathologists in Europe", while the detective's opposite number among the suspects - a man with a "reassuring authoritative presence" - is one of Europe's pre-eminent plastic surgeons.

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Book Reporter

THE PRIVATE PATIENT is the 14th book featuring Commander Adam Dalgleish of the Special Investigations Squad.

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The Washington Post

Even so, for first-time readers and longstanding admirers alike, "The Private Patient" offers a clear view of the virtues that have distinguished James's crime fiction since her first novel, "Cover Her Face," was published in 1962.

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The Telegraph

The childhood scar she wants removed - remarking, enigmatically, that she no longer has any need of it - is an outward manifestation of an inner turbulence which James sketches with masterly skill.

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Reviewing the Evidence

It would be a serious mistake for any reader to begin reading James's long and distinguished body of work with this novel, for it should be seen as a poignant l'envoi to the work as a whole, one which returns to the scenes of past triumphs for a last lingering look and which reiterates the autho...

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh investigates the murder of an investigative reporter in an isolated, secure manor house, in The Private Patient, the 14th mystery in this series by P.

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Scotsman.com

IT IS 46 YEARS SINCE PD JAMES published her first novel.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Marilyn Stasio Times (UK) 4 of 5 Stars "All the usual James hallmarks are present: an unpleasant victim, a further death in a place of worship, references to the work of Jane Austen, discussions on the nature of good and evil, guilt and innocence;

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BlogHer

James, who began her celebrated and prolific mystery writing career in her forties, has delivered an excellent Gothic tangle of a mystery.

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Open Salon

hardcover, crime fiction, beach read, women's voices for change, adam dalgliesh, mystery, p.d.

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Women's Voices for Change

James (seen below talking to Charlie Rose) is sure to please fans of her other Adam Dalgliesh mysteries, and should entice new fans to read further.

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