A Certain Justice

A Certain Justice

Book - 1997
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It begins, dramatically enough, with a trial for murder. The distinguished criminal lawyer Venetia Aldridge is defending Garry Ashe on charges of having brutally killed his aunt. For Aldridge the trial is mainly a test of her courtroom skills, one more opportunity to succeed--and she does. But now murder is in the air. The next victim will be Aldridge herself, stabbed to death at her desk in her Chambers in the Middle Temple, a bloodstained wig on her head. Enter Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team, whose struggle to investigate and understand the shocking events cannot halt the spiral into more horrors, more murders... A Certain Justice is P.D. James at her strongest.  In her first foray into the strange closed world of the Law Courts and the London legal community, she has created a fascinating tale of interwoven passion and terror. As each character leaps into unforgettable life, as each scene draws us forward into new complexities of plot, she proves yet again that no other writer can match her skill in combining the excitement of the classic detective story with the richness of a fine novel. In its subtle portrayal of morality and human behavior, A Certain Justice will stand alongside Devices and Desires and A Taste for Death as one of P.D. James's most important, accomplished and entertaining works.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1997
Edition: First American trade edition
ISBN: 9780375401091
Branch Call Number: FICTION Jam
Description: 364 pages ; 25 cm


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Jun 27, 2018

P.D. James is the Queen of the red herring!
Very enjoyable as usual.

Mar 26, 2017

Quite enjoyed this one. Not to complicated but not totally predictable either, good read.

Aug 06, 2016

This is one of the better Adam Dalgliesh series mysteries.

Jan 15, 2016

This murder mystery is also a legal thriller, set as it is partly in London's Old Bailey. When a highly respected QC is murdered in her chambers, Adam Dalgliesh at first thinks the case will be relatively simple. The potential set of suspects is small, after all. Then another murder turns up, clearly related to the first, and all bets are off. To complicate matters, Dalgliesh's team isn't quite as tight-knit as usual, making his job harder. A real page turner, which he pulls out only at the last minute. I'd have given it 5 stars, but as the number of suspects proliferates, it gets a bit difficult to keep track of them. Just go along for the ride, and enjoy the surprises.


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