The taped confession as an epilogue was necessary to clear up the intricacies of the plot, but it seems to stretch credulity. The motives for a murderer to do this is beyond my understanding... but perhaps since I have never been a murderer explains why I can't identify the motive or compulsion to tell all.
I am a P.D. James fan and have heard or read most of her books. This book is the only one of her offerings that I have not found to be up to her usual standards Almost every prolific author has one or two books that are not the best, but her other offerings make up for it.
Of course, I will (listen to or) read her other books.
Michael Jayston was a very good narrator. What makes a good narrator? A good narrator is one whose presence is almost invisible. Good diction, proper pronunciation, the ability to convey both male and female voices, the ability to capture patois, argot, as well as upper class speech are also necessary. All of these skills must be manifested, but while maintaining invisibility.
It was made into a TV movie in 1993 for PBS.
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