Death in Holy Orders
An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
By P.D. James
(Fawcett, Mass Market Paperback, 9780345446664, 448pp.)
Publication Date: March 26, 2002
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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On the East Anglican seacoast a small theological college hangs precariously on an eroding shoreline and an equally precarious future. Then, the body of a student is found buried in the sand, and the boy’s influential father demands that Scotland Yard investigate. Adam Dalgleish, the son of a parson, once spent happy summers at the school. A detective who loves poetry, a man who has known loss and discovery, Dalgliesh is the perfect candidate to look for the truth in a remote, rarified community of the faithful–and the frightened. For when one death leads to another, Dalgliesh finds himself steeped in a world of good and evil, of stifled passions and hidden pasts, where someone has cause not just to commit one crime, but to begin an unholy order of murder. . . .
P. D. James is the author of sixteen previous books, most of which have been filmed for television. Before her retirement in 1979, she served in the forensics and criminal justice departments of Great Britain’s Home Office and she has been a magistrate and a governor of the BBC. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest.
“P. D. James in top form . . . Murder at its very best.”
–The Boston Globe
"Death in Holy Orders is among her most remarkable and accomplished Dalgliesh novels.”
–The Philadelphia Inquirer
“An elegant work about hope, death, and the alternately redemptive and destructive nature of love.”