For the first time P. D. James takes us -- and her memorable detective, Commander Adam Dalgliesh -- into the labyrinthine world of the law.
Venetia Aldridge, a distinguished criminal lawyer, defends young Gary Ashe for the brutal murder of his aunt. A straightforward case proves to have terrifying consequences. Within weeks Aldridge is found dead at her desk. As Dalgliesh and his team attempt to make sense of events, the murders continue. As matters go from bad to horrific, P. D. James explores the grand themes of crime fiction --the nature of morality and justice, the force of human passion, the mysteries of violence. With its heart stopping drama and vivid characters, A CERTAIN JUSTICE proves the truth of the observation that murder, the unique crime, arises only from strong emotions.
"Vengeance appears in chilling modern trappings" (Best Mysteries '97 BookWire)
"James hasn't lost her knack for devising labyrinthine plots tricked up with old-fashioned misdirection." (Entertainment Weekly)
"-The Wall Street Journal"
"A compelling tale of pride, deceit, and revenge."
"-St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
"Shocking . . . fascinating . . . A Certain Justice sucks the reader in right from the dramatic first line."
"-Los Angeles Times"
"This is a P. D. James case to shiver through and revel in-dark page by dark page."
"Enthralling . . . P. D. James's] stories always captivate."
"Taut, suspenseful, and deeply penetrating."
About the Author
P. D. James was born in Oxford in 1920. She has won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award. She has received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983 and was created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors. She lives in London and Oxford and has two daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
"P.D. James is an addictive writer, [with] a quality of intelligence, a genuine curiosity about character, and an ability to describe the density of little known lives." --Anita Brookner "A page-turning journey ... along the darker, twisted byways of human intentions." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A Certain Justice has all James' hallmarks: elegance of language, a stellar sense of place, exquisitely defined characters, and a skillfully rendered tale of moral justice." --The Globe and Mail
"A whacking great whodunit." --The Calgary Sun