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The Lighthouse: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery | [P.D. James]

The Lighthouse: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.
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Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called in to solve the mystery quickly and discreetly, but at a difficult time for him and his depleted team. Dalgliesh is uncertain about his future with Emma Lavenham, the woman he loves; Detective Inspector Kate Miskin has her own emotional problems; and the ambitious Sergeant Francis Benton-Smith is worried about working under Kate. Hardly has the team begun to unravel the complicated motives of the suspects than there is a second brutal killing, and the whole investigation is jeopardized when Dalgliesh is faced with a danger more insidious and as potentially fatal as murder.

This eagerly awaited successor to the international best seller The Murder Room displays all the qualities that lovers of P.D. James's novels the world over have come to expect: sensitive characterization, an exciting and superbly structured plot, and vivid evocation of place.

©2005 P.D. James; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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"Each new Dalgleish novel should be treated as a gift by mystery fans everywhere." (Booklist)

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    Timothy G. Greenwood 01-23-06 Listener Since 2000

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    "Classic P.D. James"

    With it's closed setting on the fictional island of Coombe and psychological insights into Dalgleish, Miskin and the suspects this is classic P.D. James territory. I enjoyed this even more than the previous 'Murder Room'. The narration is solid and clear.

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    Quilter Gal Peoria,AZ USA 12-03-05
    Quilter Gal Peoria,AZ USA 12-03-05 Member Since 2015

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    "Classic P.D. James"

    The Corwall coast is the classic and beautiful setting for P. D. James' new novel. Her protaganist, Adam Dagliesh is more human and fallible in this story than in some of his previous appearances. The investigation is shared two younger detectives who give depth to the novel. An enjoyable listen, well read.

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    Thomas irving, TX, USA 12-04-05
    Thomas irving, TX, USA 12-04-05
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    "wonderful"

    this is truly one of the most wonderful books i have ever read(heard) im so happy that i discovered such a charming and insight ful writer

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    Linda Levittown, NY, USA 09-06-06
    Linda Levittown, NY, USA 09-06-06
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    "Dull Story"

    Not a good book in any medium. Incredibly boring. Even when you find out who did it, you really don't care. No character is of any interest, and the English accent of the reader adds nothing but a stuffy atmosphere to an already flat-line story. This is the only audible book I ever disliked, but it is worth a write up to help others avoid it.

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