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Innocent Blood

P.D. James


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Digital Audiobook (2/4/2015)
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Adopted as a child into a privileged family, Philippa Palfrey fantasizes that she is the daughter of an aristocrat and a parlor maid. The terrifying truth about her parents and a long-ago murder is only the first in a series of shocking betrayals. Philippa quickly learns that those who delve into the secrets of the past must be on guard when long-buried horrors begin to stir.
"As a crime novel," wrote the London Times, Innocent Blood is "the peak of the art." "Flawlessly crafted...profoundly, masterfully moving," Cosmopolitan concurred.

Praise For Innocent Blood

“One of the finest, most absorbing craftsmen of the profession.”
— The Washington Post

“One of the most chilling crime writers around.”
— Observer

"The greatest contemporary writer of classic crime."
— The Sunday Times (London)

“As a crime novel it is a peak of the art.”
— The Times (UK)

"P. D. James has burst the bounds of her territory . . . and written a novel that is subtle, rich, allusive, and most cunningly plotted. . . . We are held in tingling suspense."
— The New York Times

Scribner, 9780743219631, 400pp.

Publication Date: August 2, 2001

About the Author

P. D. James (1920–2014) was born in Oxford in 1920. She worked in the National Health Service and the Home Office From 1949 to 1968, in both the Police Department and Criminal Policy Department. All that experience was used in her novels. She won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy, and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award and the National Arts Club Medal of Honour for Literature. She received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983 and was created a life peer in 1991.