The Private Patient

The Private Patient

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With all the qualities that P. D. James's readers have come to expect: a masterly psychological and emotional richness of characterization, a vivid evocation of place and a credible and exciting mystery. When the notorious investigative journalist, Rhoda Gradwyn, books into Mr. Chandler-Powell's private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring, long-standing facial scar, she has every prospect of a successful operation by a distinguished surgeon, a week's peaceful convalescence in one of Dorset's most beautiful manor houses and the beginning of a new life. She will never leave Cheverell Manor alive. When Adam Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate the murder and a second death occurs even more complicated problems than the question of innocence or guilt more

Product details

  • Paperback | 561 pages
  • 154 x 234 x 36mm | 680.39g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 0739328204
  • 9780739328200
  • 1,133,872

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"Brilliant. . . . A jewel in [James's] crown." --"Pittsburg-Post Gazette"" " "No one is better than James at maintaining this tension between the cozy and the frightful." --"The Washington Post"" ""[James is] a master. . . . Nothing is as it first appears." --"The Boston Globe ""[I]intricately plotted and suspenseful.... James' clear-eyed, often sardonic prose describes rooms and people exactly as she sees them." --"Providence Journal" "Elegant . . . compelling. . . . Continues the James tradition. . . . She comfortably tackles timeless concerns." --"Chicago Tribune" "The ghost of literature past haunts P.D. James' newest novel. . . . The novel's pointed descriptions, its gothic settings, and its theme exploring the insidious legacies of family and class violence suggest Charles Dickens may have rested a hand on James' shoulder while she wrote this terrific literary mystery." --"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" "James is a wonderful writer." --"Chicago Sun-Times" "James is in excellent form. . . . [She] offers her readers intelligence, wisdom, dry humor, knowledge both deep and wide-ranging, humanity, compassion, understanding and a wonderful way with words. . . . James is one of Britain's greatest living writers." --"St. Louis Post-Dispatch"show more

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12,526 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 24% (2,978)
4 40% (4,971)
3 29% (3,643)
2 6% (752)
1 1% (182)
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