A Certain Justice

A Certain Justice

Book - 1997
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It begins, dramatically enough, with a trial for murder. The distinguished criminal lawyer Venetia Aldridge is defending Garry Ashe on charges of having brutally killed his aunt. For Aldridge the trial is mainly a test of her courtroom skills, one more opportunity to succeed--and she does. But now murder is in the air. The next victim will be Aldridge herself, stabbed to death at her desk in her Chambers in the Middle Temple, a bloodstained wig on her head. Enter Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team, whose struggle to investigate and understand the shocking events cannot halt the spiral into more horrors, more murders... A Certain Justice is P.D. James at her strongest.  In her first foray into the strange closed world of the Law Courts and the London legal community, she has created a fascinating tale of interwoven passion and terror. As each character leaps into unforgettable life, as each scene draws us forward into new complexities of plot, she proves yet again that no other writer can match her skill in combining the excitement of the classic detective story with the richness of a fine novel. In its subtle portrayal of morality and human behavior, A Certain Justice will stand alongside Devices and Desires and A Taste for Death as one of P.D. James's most important, accomplished and entertaining works.
Publisher: New York :, Knopf,, 1997.
Edition: First American trade edition.
ISBN: 9780375401091
Branch Call Number: M JAME
Characteristics: 364 pages ; 25 cm


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Nov 24, 2019

As is usual with P. D. James, the delineation of the characters is outstanding; it always constitutes the best aspect of her writing. But the 'action scenes' towards the end are clumsy and unconvincing -- something that is observable in her other novels as well. On balance, though, this is a good read from a master wordsmith

Mar 26, 2017

Quite enjoyed this one. Not to complicated but not totally predictable either, good read.

Aug 06, 2016

This is one of the better Adam Dalgliesh series mysteries.


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