When two men are discovered, with their throats cut, in the vestry of St Matthew’s Church, the police are faced with an intriguing challenge for one of the victims was ex-Government minister Sir Paul Berowne, the other, Harry Mack, a local tramp and alcoholic.
For Commander Adam Dalgliesh, now heading a Scotland Yard unit set up to investigate politically sensitive crimes, the case is particularly affecting – he had known Berowne, and the minister had asked for his help regarding an anonymous letter shortly before his resignation.
Could the letter, implicating Berowne in the deaths of two women, be linked to the bodies in the vestry? How are Berowne’s wife and family involved – and what is the relationship between Berowne and the tramp?
Aided by Inspector Kate Miskin and Chief Inspector John Massingham, Dalgliesh must answer these questions to uncover the truth...
©1991 P.D. James (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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This book is overly descriptive and wordy. As a listener, I lost track of the various characters because of the wordiness and the multiplicity of characters. This must have been one of her earlier books, as thee is not a whisper of anything technical, not even a computer or cell phone.
If you enjoy intricate descriptive detail of every scene - whether relevant or not - this one's for you.
I always wonder why an author has to describe in detail every element of what a person is wearing, the fabric of the chair they are about to sit in, the mood of the room, the memories the room evokes and the smell in the air just to paint an innocuous seen of a person sitting for a conversation. P.D. James would take three pages to describe what Hemmingway would say with "She sat". The whole feel of the story is bordom, the characters are not likeable, their lives depressing. I am crossing any further P.D. James off my list.
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