Death in Holy Orders (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #11)

3.92 avg rating
( 11,144 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780141004785: Death in Holy Orders (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #11)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

When the body of a theology student is found on a desolate stretch of East Anglian coast, his wealthy father demands that Scotland Yard should re-examine the verdict of accidental death. Commander Adam Dalgliesh agrees to visit the young man's theological college, St Anselm's - a place he knew as a boy - expecting a nostalgic return to old haunts and a straightforward examination of the evidence. Instead he finds himself embroiled in intrigue, conflict and dangerous secrets as the college is torn apart by a sacreligious and horrifying murder.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Despite challenges from Ruth Rendell and (more recently) Minette Walters, P.D. James's position as Britain's Queen of Crime remains largely unassailable. Although a certain reaction has set in to her reputation (and there are those who claim her poetry-loving copper Adam Dalgliesh doesn't correspond to any of his counterparts in the real world), her detractors can scarcely deny her astonishing literary gifts. More than any other writer, she has elevated the detective story into the realms of literature, with the psychology of the characters treated in the most complex and authoritative fashion. Her plots, too, are full of intriguing detail and studed with brilliantly observed character studies. Who cares if Dalgliesh belongs more in the pages of a book than poking around a graffiti-scrawled council estate? As a policeman, he is considerably more plausible than Doyle's Holmes, and that's never stopped us loving the Baker Street sleuth. Death in Holy Orders represents something of a challenge from James to her critics, taking on all the contentious elements and rigorously reinvigorating them. She had admitted that she was finding it increasingly difficult to find new plots for Dalgliesh, and the locale here (a theological college on a lonely stretch of the East Anglian coast) turns out to be an inspired choice. We're presented with the enclosed setting so beloved of golden age detective writers, and James is able to incorporate her theological interests seamlessly into the plot (but never in any doctrinaire way; the nonbeliever is never uncomfortable). The body of a student at the college is found on the shore, suffocated by a fall of sand. Dalgliesh is called upon to reexamine the verdict of accidental death (which the student's father would not accept). Having visited the College of St. Anselm in his boyhood, he finds the investigation has a strong nostalgic aspect for him. But that is soon overtaken by the realization that he has encountered the most horrific case of his career, and another visitor to the college dies a horrible death. As an exploration of evil--and as a piece of highly distinctive crime writing--this is James at her nonpareil best. Dalgliesh, too, is rendered with new dimensions of psychological complexity. --Barry Forshaw, Amazon.co.uk

From the Publisher:

10 1-hour cassettes

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780812977233: Death in Holy Orders (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #11)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0812977238 ISBN 13:  9780812977233
Publisher: Ballantine Books, 2007
Softcover

9780571307326: Death in Holy Orders

Faber ..., 2001
Softcover

9780375412554: Death in Holy Orders (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #11)

Alfred..., 2001
Hardcover

9780375431173: Death in Holy Orders (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #11)

Random..., 2001
Hardcover

9780345446664: Death in Holy Orders (Adam Dalgliesh Mystery Series #11)

Ballan..., 2002
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

P. D. James
Published by Gardners Books (2002)
ISBN 10: 0141004789 ISBN 13: 9780141004785
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Gardners Books, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0141004789

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 31.93
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

P. D. James
Published by Penguin Books Ltd (2002)
ISBN 10: 0141004789 ISBN 13: 9780141004785
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110141004789

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 47.92
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

P. D. James
ISBN 10: 0141004789 ISBN 13: 9780141004785
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0141004789

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 74.76
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

P. D. James
Published by Penguin Books Ltd (2002)
ISBN 10: 0141004789 ISBN 13: 9780141004785
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Repack. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0141004789n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 108.91
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds