A Certain Justice (Paperback)

Author: James, P. D.

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When distinguished criminal lawyer Venetia Aldridge defends a young man for the brutal murder of his mother, she views the case as simply another opportunity to demonstrate her brilliance in the courtroom. But within weeks of the trial Aldridge is found dead at her desk, a bloodstained barrister''s wig on her head. And as Commander Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard attempts to make sense of events, the murders continue, inexorably spiraling into fresh complexities of horror.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780345425324
SKU 33937402
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0345425324
Release Date 11/1/2003
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
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P. D. James
P. D. James always dreamed of being a writer as a child, but her plans were temporarily waylaid by World War II and a subsequent successful career in civil service. She joined the Red Cross at the outset of the war and married Ernest White in 1941. Though they had two daughters together, their marriage was marred by chronic mental disturbances that her husband suffered after the war, which eventually led to his death. From 1949 to 1968, James worked in a hospital in London, but never forgot her first passion. In 1962 she published her first novel, "Cover Her Face", which featured Detective Adam Dalgliesh, the cultured, sensitive protagonist for which she is best known. Other critically acclaimed novels include the bestseller "Innocent Blood" (1980) and "An Unsuitable Job for a Woman" (1972), one of the first mysteries to feature a female investigator who is portrayed as capable of leading a dangerous investigation. James remained devoted to her career in civil service, working in the police department from 1968 to 1979 and serving on a variety of literary and arts councils after her retirement.
"Meaty, handsomely-upholstered whodunit revolving around double homicide....A novel you can honestly call 'satisfying'; but, like one of those banquets you may breathlessly recall, just a touch too much of a good thing."
"James's people are wounded, compromised, familiar souls, whose quotidian frailties are exposed through an eye that is more sharp than generous, often witty but seldom funny. Around her central drama, James creates these smaller worlds with forensic precision, using incredible and melodramatic death to illustrate credible and movingly recognizable lives."
"Even more perfectly than the publishing house in 'Original Sin' (1995), Venetia's law chambers provide James with the ideal arena for her boundlessly compassionate probing of human frailty and for the shivery hope of goodness."
"In 'A Certain Justice,' it's not only the charismatic sociopath and the all-too-human cops who grab our attention. It's the aging barrister worried that he's losing his mind, the clerk forced into undesired retirement, the grandmother driven by grief to make a devilish bargain, the pathetic teenaged girl ready to die for love: They all have the dignity and the allure of their mysterious humanity. The way they all come together makes a darkly thrilling tale."
"As the investigation progresses, the plot turns are ingenious, and James does a terrific job of using the information she gives us in unexpected ways. Toward the end of the book she flirts with one of the great transgressions of the mystery genre, hinting she might leave the crime unsolved. By the last 50 pages I was reading furiously, almost as anxious to see how she would handle this structural issue as to find out who the murderer was. I'm happy to report I was in no way disappointed."
"Leaving aside the somewhat perfunctory ending, A Certain Justice is, in its economy, its relative swiftness of pace, and the complexity of its characters, one of P. D. James's most accomplished recent novels; it includes, a rarity in this cerebral writer's work, several chapters of thriller-type suspense."
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Annotation When successful criminal attorney Venetia Aldrige defends Gary Ashe against charges that he murdered his aunt, she has no idea that her actions will be the harbinger of her own death. Commander Adam Dalgliesh heads up the investigation into Aldrige's murder, and as more bodies pile up, he's forced to look deep into the darkness of the human soul to solve the case.
First Line Murderers do not usually give their victims notice.
Editors Note In a masterful new Adam Dalgliesh mystery, P.D. James enters the labyrinthine world of the law, forging a deeply compelling human drama from the complex passions that lie behind both murder and justice.From the Paperback edition.
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Number of Pages 0464
Publisher Ballantine Books

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