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Devices and Desires by P.D. James is the eighth Adam Dalgliesh mystery. Set against the remote Norfolk coastline under the shadow of a nuclear power station, a serial killer known as the Whistler is terrorising the neighbourhood.

When Commander Adam Dalgliesh visits Larksoken, a remote headland community on the Norfolk coast in the shadow of a nuclear power station, he expects to be engaged only in the sad business of tying up his aunt's estate. But the peace of Larksoken is illusory.

A serial killer known as the Whistler is terrorising the neighbourhood, and Dalgliesh is drawn into the lives of the headlanders when it quickly becomes apparent that the Whistler isn't the only murderer at work under the sinister shadow of the power station.

©1989 P.D. James (P)2015 Faber Audio

Critic Reviews

"Her storytelling is as consummate and fiendish as ever." ( Independent on Sunday)
"The characters are vibrant, the writing distinguished, the descriptions of mood and landscape perfect, the ironic ending nicely cynical. And over it all, a haunting Norfolk mist of dread, loneliness and ancient history." ( Sunday Express)

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  • Flint
  • 10-25-17

Disappointing

I didn't enjoy this book very much, it was too complicated and it was difficult to follow and the plot wasn't particularly interesting. I have enjoyed other books by this author which were read well by the same narrator but on this occasion the narration was not up to the usual standard. The book is set in Norfolk and it is not unreasonable to expect place names to be consistently pronounced correctly. I am not sure if the narrator was attempting a Norfolk accent but at least one of the characters sounded Australian for no obvious reason. I will try more books by this author and I would be happy to listen to other books read by the narrator, but this book was disappointing.

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  • S. Hall
  • 04-05-15

Surprising that Insp Dalglish isnt in charge

Great narration by Daniel again and it is a very interesting story but seemed strange to me Adam Dalglish was not running the investigation which held him back and I missed him. Otherwise very good as always but not my favourite

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  • Jaye what if
  • 12-14-16

DEV I CES & DESIRES

what's 20 x 7 Friday I love her to bits and I think I have read all of her books

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  • janine173
  • 10-11-16

Awesome

Daniel Weyman awesome reading voice
to an awesome story as usual
thanks for a fantastic read

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  • Phil
  • 12-21-16

Unrealised potential.

James has introduced just too many potential killers - too many balls to be kept in the air. As usual, she engages in gratiitous hyperbole, overuse of adjectives, doubtful imagery and even more doubtful vocab and has an annoying tendancy towards tautology. In the end she resorts to farce to deal with the surplus characrers - introducing a sub-plot too ridculous to be believed, a revalatory process that becomes laboured, and yet another disappointing but predictable love interest for our super-sleuth. Too long. Too complex. Too ambitious. It is saved only by another polished performance by narrator, Daniel Weyman.