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Death in Holy Orders (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #11)

P. D. James

Verlag: Random House Audio, 2001
ISBN 10: 0375418822 / ISBN 13: 9780375418822
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Titel: Death in Holy Orders (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery...

Verlag: Random House Audio

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Inhaltsangabe: P.D. James's great detective, Commander Adam Dagliesh, returns after four years.

An untimely death brings him to the East Anglian coast, where, atop a sweep of cliffs, sits the small theological college of St. Anselm's. At the base of these cliffs, buried in sand, lies the body of one of the school's young ordinands. He is the son of Sir Alred Treeves, a hugely successful and flamboyant businessman who invariably gets what he wants. And he wants Daliesh to investigate his son's death. Dagliesh doubts that there is much to investigate, but he agrees--mostly out of a desire to revisit a place where he spent several happy summers as a youth. No sooner does he arrive than he finds himself inextricably drawn into the labyrinth of a violent mystery.

Here is the classic detective story elevated by P.D. James to a brilliantly realized novel?gripping as much for its extraordinary pcychological and emotional richness and the complexity of its characters as for the suspense and horror at its heart. And here, once again, is proof that P.D. James is not only a master of the detective novel but also one of the finest novelists at work today.

Rezension: Despite challenges from Ruth Rendell and (more recently) Minette Walters, P.D. James's position as Britain's Queen of Crime remains largely unassailable. Although a certain reaction has set in to her reputation (and there are those who claim her poetry-loving copper Adam Dalgliesh doesn't correspond to any of his counterparts in the real world), her detractors can scarcely deny her astonishing literary gifts. More than any other writer, she has elevated the detective story into the realms of literature, with the psychology of the characters treated in the most complex and authoritative fashion. Her plots, too, are full of intriguing detail and studed with brilliantly observed character studies. Who cares if Dalgliesh belongs more in the pages of a book than poking around a graffiti-scrawled council estate? As a policeman, he is considerably more plausible than Doyle's Holmes, and that's never stopped us loving the Baker Street sleuth. Death in Holy Orders represents something of a challenge from James to her critics, taking on all the contentious elements and rigorously reinvigorating them. She had admitted that she was finding it increasingly difficult to find new plots for Dalgliesh, and the locale here (a theological college on a lonely stretch of the East Anglian coast) turns out to be an inspired choice. We're presented with the enclosed setting so beloved of golden age detective writers, and James is able to incorporate her theological interests seamlessly into the plot (but never in any doctrinaire way; the nonbeliever is never uncomfortable). The body of a student at the college is found on the shore, suffocated by a fall of sand. Dalgliesh is called upon to reexamine the verdict of accidental death (which the student's father would not accept). Having visited the College of St. Anselm in his boyhood, he finds the investigation has a strong nostalgic aspect for him. But that is soon overtaken by the realization that he has encountered the most horrific case of his career, and another visitor to the college dies a horrible death. As an exploration of evil--and as a piece of highly distinctive crime writing--this is James at her nonpareil best. Dalgliesh, too, is rendered with new dimensions of psychological complexity. --Barry Forshaw,

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